A Columbia man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Scotts Boulevard. It was the fifth traffic-related fatality since Friday.
A news release from the Columbia Police Department said the driver, Francisco Garcia Patino of Columbia, lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on Scotts Boulevard at 12:30 a.m.
The car, a Chevrolet Lumina, slid off the road and rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on the sidewalk.
Reports indicate that Patino was ejected from the car at some point and traveled over a six-foot privacy fence. Police said he was driving fast and wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
An investigation on the accident is under way.