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City of Columbia employee killed during Tropical Storm Irma impact

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COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The City of Columbia has announced the death of one of their employees during Tropical Storm Irma.

According to a release, Assistant Superintendent Arthur D. Strudwick was killed in a single-vehicle accident while enroute to a downed tree.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. at the 5400 block of farrow Road Monday night, according to the Columbia Polcie Department. Strudwick was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Strudwick died due to blunt force trauma to the upper body. Traffic Safety officers believe Strudwick lost control of his 2017 Chevy Silverado and struck a tree after the vehicle left the roadway.

Strudwick was employed with the Forestry and Beautification Division of the Public Works Department. According to City Manager Teresa Wilson, Strudwick was “a dedicated public servant with the City of Columbia since December of 2001.

The release went on to say that Strudwick was a wonderful employee who always had a positive attitude and “cooperative spirit.” Employees are deeply saddened by the loss and that he will be missed by his co-workers and colleagues.

The department is asking residents to keep the Strudwick family in your prayers. Flags will also be flown at half-staff at all City buildings in tribute and in memory of Strudwick.

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