Columbia man dies after tree falls on him during storm, coroner identifies

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the name of the individual who died Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:20 p.m., when a storm passing through the area caused a tree to fall on him. The incident occurred at 3011 Columbia Ave., in Columbia.

According to Watts, George William Lebby, 61, of Columbia Avenue, was sitting in his back yard when the winds from an approaching storm caused a tree to fall on him. Lebby died at the scene.

An autopsy indicated the cause of death was due to blunt trauma to the upper body.

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