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Police seek car in deadly hit-and-run in Columbia

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The Columbia Police Department is asking for the community’s help identifying and locating a car involved in a deadly hit-and-run early Saturday morning.  

Officers say the hit-and-run happened shortly after midnight in the 1400 block of Barnwell Street.

The 54-year-old victim, identified by the Richland County Coroner as John Cantey of Columbia, was walking across the street when he was struck by a car going south on Barnwell Street. Officers say preliminary information shows Cantey was unlawfully in the roadway.   

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A CPD officer on patrol found Cantey lying in the road with severe injuries and called for EMS to take him to the hospital. Cantey died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The coroner says autopsy results indicate the cause of death was due to blunt-force trauma to the head and chest. 

Officers say they are looking to see if surveillance cameras caught the incident on video. So far they have no description of the vehicle that hit Cantey.

The Richland County Coroner is assisting CPD with the investigation. 

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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