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Passenger dies, driver critical after single-vehicle crash

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One person is dead and another is in critical condition after an early morning crash in Columbia.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the collision happened around 5:00 Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Veterans Road.

Watts said Hakeem Olajuwon Dash, 20, of Columbia, was in the front seat of a vehicle that was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, struck multiple mailboxes, and then a tree.

Dash, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at scene.

An autopsy conducted Monday morning shows that Dash died from trauma associated with the crash.

The driver was the only other person in the vehicle. He was transported by EMS to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital and remains in critical condition, the coroner said.

The Columbia Police Department is investigating the crash.

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