COLUMBIA - A 27-year-old Columbia man is dead after an early Sunday morning crash on west bound St. Charles road at Dorado Drive. Benjamin S. Lieteau was driving on St. Charles road when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the left side of the road. The vehicle struck a creek embankment and Lieteau was partially ejected from the rear. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.
The Columbia Police Department believes excessive speed and alcohol intoxication contributed to the crash. Lieteau was not wearing a seatbelt.