I don’t know any more than this. Looks like it happened right next to my office downtown:
Columbia mayor-elect Steve Benjamin was in a car accident this morning at the intersection of Gervais and Pickens streets, according to his spokesman.
Michael Wukela said Benjamin was on his way to early-morning media interviews when the accident happened. Wukela said Benjamin is OK, that he is “cooperating fully with police and his primary concern right now is that the woman in the other car is OK.”
Wukela could not confirm if Benjamin was driving when the accident happened.
Columbia Police officers are on the scene and investigating, said Mike King, the city’s assistant city manager for public safety. King said there are reports of an injury, but he did not have details. Attempts to reach a police spokesman were unsuccessful.
WIS had this additional information:
Benjamin’s spokesperson, Michael Wukela, confirmed that Benjamin was driving to early morning media interviews when he was involved in a wreck at Gervais St. and Pickens St. in downtown Columbia….
George Rice with Richland County EMS said the woman in the other car was transported to Palmetto Richland. At the time, she was in fair condition.