Man Killed in Highway 21 Car Crash

A Columbia man died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Highway 21 near Blythewood on Monday night.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Jerome E. Jones, 57, of 200 Anders Drive in Columbia, was pronounced dead Tuesday at 12:13 a.m. at Palmetto Richland memorial Hospital. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Jones was driving a 1999 Corvette northbound on Highway 21 near Blythewood Monday night when the car ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees at around 11:20 p.m. The Highway Patrol said Jones was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.

Jones was transported by ambulance to Palmetto Richland. Watts said Jones died from blunt force injuries associated with the crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

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