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      Columbia Police searching for suspect in dragging death

      Columbia Police released pictures of a van they say may have been the vehicle that dragged a man to his death.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia Police say they are preparing an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Dany Alexander Zuniga-Torres in connection with a dragging death near Earlwood Drive and River Drive Sunday night.

      According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Calvin Griffith Smith died from multiple trauma after he was dragged over 1000 feet under a vehicle after an altercation in front of his home on the 1000 block of Union Street.

      According to CPD, around 9 p.m. Sunday, Smith and another man were arguing over a cell phone between the rear of a van and the trailer hooked to the van.

      Witnesses told investigators another person, later identified as Zuniga-Torres, may have tried to break up the fight.

      Moments later, Zuniga-Torres got in the van and drove away.

      The men were still fighting, but witnesses said they were in between the van and the trailer.

      One man broke free of the van while it was going down the street. He was later found walking in the area of Columbia Avenue with severe injuries. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

      The vehicle is described as a blue/silver Dodge mini-van with a white enclosed trailer.

      Once located and arrested, Zuniga-Torres is expected to be charged with hit and run resulting in death.

      According to CPD, Zuniga-Torres may have ties to Florida and Honduras and is considered a flight risk.

      Zuniga-Torres?? last known address was 715 Center Street, West Columbia.

      Police investigators are working leads in the case, and if you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC.