Police to update on Benjamin crash

Benjamin's SUV after the accident.

City of Columbia Police will hold a news conference on the crash involving Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin.

The conference will be held at 10:30 Friday morning.

Columbia Police Chief Tandy Carter is expected to give an update on details of the investigation into the crash.

WACH Fox will be at the news conference and bring you the latest details on

At last report Thursday afternoon, the woman hospitalized in Wednesday morning's car crash is unconscious and on life support.

That's according to her boss, Bill Ellen, Hotel Manager of the Clarion.

Ellen was asked by the family to get the word out on her condition after the last official report listed her in fair condition when she was transported to Palmetto Health.

Ellen says Deborah Rubens has been in serious condition since Wednesday morning.

The crash happened about an hour before sunrise Wednesday when Benjamin's Mercedes SUV collided with Rubens' Toyota Tercel at the corner of Pickens and Gervais Street

Benjamin was on his way to morning media interviews after he won the City of Columbia's mayoral run-off election the night before.

Benjamin was not injured in the crash. He was checked out on the scene by EMS personnel, but later went to a doctor as a precautionary measure.

Investigators say they spoke with Benjamin shortly after the accident occurred. They say they saw no signs that Benjamin had been drinking.

His spokesman Michael Wukela says he was not texting or on the phone at the time of the incident either.

The scene does not show any signs of skid marks in the intersection, which suggests that neither driver hit the brakes before impact.

Columbia Police continue their investigation.

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Read Wednesday's story as it developed.