The Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) is investigating an early morning alcohol-related collision involving a motorcycle and two additional vehicles at Bluff Road and I-77.
As a result, the 25-year-old male motorcycle victim suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to a local hospital. Preliminary information indicates that while at a stop light on Bluff Road, he was struck from behind by the suspect’s vehicle. The impact caused the victim to slide across the roadway. The victim was wearing a helmet, slide gear and a reflective vest.
The suspect who’s been identified as Kenneth Smith (DOB: September 1984), was driving a Chevy Impala and also struck a Ford F550. The driver of the truck received minor injuries.
After locating the motorcycle victim, a CPD officer immediately rendered first aid by applying a tourniquet to his leg in an effort to stop additional blood loss until EMS arrived on scene.
Medical staff at a local hospital contacted CPD to acknowledge the officer’s lifesaving actions. It was stated that without the quick application of the tourniquet to the leg wound, the motorcycle victim would not have been able to survive his injuries.
Suspect Smith was also taken to a hospital for facial fractures. The TSU consulted with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office regarding the incident and charges are pending against Smith.