Coroner identifies Columbia man who died Sunday after DUI-related crash

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who died in a single-vehicle accident. It occurred Saturday, at approximately 9 p.m., on U.S. Highway 178 near Forts Pond Road in Pelion.

According to Fisher, Robert Andrew Mays, 40, of Columbia was pronounced dead at an area hospital on Sunday. Mays was the passenger in a vehicle traveling east on U.S. 178. The driver of the vehicle, who was under the influence according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, attempted to pass another vehicle, swerved back into the right lane, lost control, and left the right side of the road.

The vehicle then struck a ditch, causing it to overturn several times, and Mays sustained fatal traumatic injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle. The driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if either individual was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.

The accident remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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