Cola Daily I-26 file photo.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two individuals who died Thursday due to a collision. The South Carolina Highway Patrol, Columbia/Richland Fire, and EMS responded to I-26 westbound at mile marker 99 (two miles from the Peak exit) just after midnight in reference to a motor vehicle collision.

According to Watts, Nicholas Vulpi, 20, of Chapin, was traveling westbound on I-26 when he lost control and struck the wire median. While inspecting the damage to the vehicle, Vulpi and a good Samaritan, Theodore Ntahonsigaye, 50, of Canada, stopped to assist and were both hit by an oncoming vehicle.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy revealed that Vulpi died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Ntahonsigaye died as a result of blunt force trauma to the neck and chest.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol continue to investigate the incident.

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