Winnsboro Road crash takes life of Columbia woman

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford has released the name of the Columbia driver, Jessica Rea, 35, who died after being involved in a motor vehicle collision, on Winnsboro Road (Hwy 321) near Wilson Circle, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

The head-on crash occurred at 11:57 a.m., when a 2021 Chevrolet SUV, driven by Rea, was traveling north on Winnsboro Road, drove left of center line and struck a 2017 tow truck that was traveling south on Winnsboro Road, according to S.C. Patrol Officer Tyler Tidwell.

Rae was transported to Prisma Health Richland where she succumbed to her injuries, according to Officer Tidwell’s report.

The tow truck driver, a resident of Massachusetts, was not injured, and no other injuries were reported by Highway Patrol. There was no word if any of the occupants in the collision wore seat belts.

The crash is being investigated by the S. C. Highway Patrol and the Richland County Coroner’s office.

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