Columbia Police investigate fatal collision involving City of Columbia employee

The Columbia Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision that occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, in the 5400 block of Farrow Road.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, 48-year-old Arthur Dewayne Strudwick died from blunt force trauma to the upper body as a result of the collision. Strudwick was a City of Columbia employee. He was an assistant superintendent for the city.

Traffic Safety officers believe Strudwick lost control of the 2017 Chevy Silverado and struck a tree after the vehicle left the road.

Strudwick was taken to a local hospital where medical staff pronounced him deceased.

CPD officers are working to determine the exact cause of the collision, but it’s believed that weather was a contributing factor.