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Suspect identified in connection to crash leaving Ben Lippen senior in critical condition

Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 11:15 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2022 at 12:26 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A man has been identified in connection to an incident leaving a Ben Lippen School senior in critical condition after a car accident Wednesday, according to the Columbia Police Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Antonio Henderson, 36, is set to be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, according to CPD.

SC Highway Patrol confirms Jessica Kolp, 18, was the female hit in the crash.

Police say an officer spotted the stolen vehicle at the 4500 block of N. Main Street in Columbia. That vehicle took off before a traffic stop could be conducted and did not stop for blue lights and sirens.

After running a red light, police say the stolen car Henderson was driving collided with Kolp’s vehicle at the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Main Street.

Kolp was rushed to a local hospital. Henderson was apprehended immediately and rushed to the hospital after.

According to Kolp’s family, the impact knocked the engine off her car which then broke into several pieces.

Ben Lippen School’s Communications Director, Lara Gopp says this has been a difficult time for the school and CaringBridge is where the latest information will be posted and updated by Kolp’s family.

She’s got multiple broken bones, including skull fractures, facial fractures, both femurs are broke, pelvis, and her clavicle. She’s also got brain injuries and major blood vessels that need repaired (sic) along her right femur and carotid,” a journal entry on CaringBridge written by Cheryl Kolp said.

The journal entry also says at this time, Kolp’s internal organs appear to be functioning normally, except for her right lung, so she was placed on 100 percent life support oxygen, and had to be sedated. Before sedation, sensory tests were done and she was responding to pain in her fingers and toes.

By Friday, with some nursing intervention, Kolp’s life support oxygen level was lowered to 50 percent, which the family says was a “big win.” Kolp’s family says getting her lungs and brain strong enough to withstand surgery is the priority.

The CaringBridge post ends with Cheryl Kolp asking people to keep praying for Jessica.

“She’s got a long road ahead of her,” Cheryl Kolp said.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Kolp’s family during her recovery. Ben Lippen School also held a “Pink Out” game to show support for Kolp while she remains in critical condition.

This case has been handed over to SC Highway Patrol is still under investigation. This story will be updated as new information is released.

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