One man dead, another injured in accident Sunday morning

Sunday, April 7, 2013 | 10:41 a.m. CDT; updated 3:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man died and another was injured in a car accident on Mexico Gravel Road early Sunday morning.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, Rodolfo Rodriguez, 25, was driving westbound on the road with Dante V. Jones, 24, when he left the roadway during a turn and collided with a raised concrete water drain.

The collision caused the 2008 Mazda RX-8 to become airborne until it hit a dirt embankment, which caused the car to become airborne a second time, the release said. While still in the air, the car hit a large tree and fell approximately 15 to 20 feet to the ground.

Although Rodriguez and Jones were both wearing seat belts at the time, the release said both were reclined so much that the seat belts failed. Both men were ejected from the car while it was still in the air.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and Jones was transported to University Hospital for moderate injuries, where he remains in stable condition.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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