A post-game traffic jam in Columbia this weekend resulted in road rage–and death. Although it is unclear if the two men involved were football fans, they both stopped in game traffic near Williams Brice Stadium. While merging into the traffic, the two had an altercation, ending in the death of one of the men. Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Monique Mack explains more details about the conflict:
They exchanged some words, not sure what started it, but they essentially jumped out of the cars they were both passengers in and ensued in a physical altercation. The subject, Mr. Simms, punched our victim in the face at some point during that physical assault, he fell to the ground, our victim did.
At the end of the fight, Allen Gasque of Marion either fell or was pushed under the suspect’s truck, according to Mack, and then his head was run over. Mack says they don’t believe the fight was over the game.
Nothing at this point is leading us to believe this is from Alabama versus USC. Both of them were residents of Columbia at the moment. One was a student, the other worked here in Columbia. We don’t want to say this was anything over the game, at this point we just believe it was a case of road rage.
Mack says Gasque was reportedly run over accidentally, but the suspect, Carl Simms of Richland County is being charged with the attack.
Currently he is being charged with aggravated breach of peace. The reason for that charge is because we know that his actions led to the incident that cause the victim to die. We are still investigating this incident, we are still gathering statements.
Gasque was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Mack says they are consulting with the solicitor’s office to see if additional charges will be filed against Simms.