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Bond set for DUI suspect after fatal rush hour crash

Officials say one person died in a three car accident at Assembly and Whaley Streets. / Rob Starkey

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A bond hearing was held Friday morning for the woman involved in a fatal Columbia crash that happened at a busy intersection Wednesday during rush hour.

Twenty-year-old Mary Reames' bond was set at $100,000. Investigators say she ran a red light in a 2002 Ford Escape and hit two vehicles at the corner of Assembly and Whaley streets. Police say she was driving under the influence at the time.

One person died as a result. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the man as 71-year-old Billy Dean Randal of Lexington.

An attorney described Reames as a hard working college student Friday and said she made a bad decision.

Reames is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. A judge ordered Reames can't have any contact with her family in Friday's bond hearing. She also lost her license as a result.

The Columbia Police Department and Richland County Coroner's Office continues to investigate this crash.

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