Blythewood Man Dies from Car Crash Injuries

BLYTHEWOOD – A Blythewood man died at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital last week from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle car crash on Longtown Road.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, 75-year-old Melvin James Bell of Cart Way in Blythewood was pronounced dead at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital at 6:09 p.m. on Dec. 17 from injuries sustained in the collision that occurred at approximately 5:24 p.m. that same evening.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said Bell was driving a 2011 Nissan and was pulling out of a private drive, attempting to make a left-hand turn on Longtown Road near Lee Road. Bell’s Nissan was struck in the left side by Cadillac SUV driven by Leroy Green, 60, also of Blythewood. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, the Highway Patrol said. Green was transported to Palmetto Richland with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the Highway Patrol said. Bell was also transported to Palmetto Richland where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

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