Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has released the name of the individual who died on Sunday, after being struck by a vehicle on the 5300 block of Two Notch Road at Pine Straw Road, Columbia. The incident occurred around 9:24 p.m.

George Staples, Jr., 53, of Miot Street, Columbia was transported to Prisma Health Richland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to blunt force trauma to the head.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office, Forest Acres Police Department, and Highway continue to investigate this incident.

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