A Columbia man died hours after refusing medical attention following a car wreck.
Columbia Police say 77-year-old Peter Kremlick lost control of his van Saturday morning while trying to swerve away from an oncoming car around 10 a.m. His van then smashed into a utility pole near the Columbiana Mall in Northwest Columbia.
Once paramedics arrived on the scene, Kremlick refused to be checked and continued to say he was okay, according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office. But several hours after the accident, he was checked into a hospital with complaints of severe headaches and confusion.
Kremlick died at the hospital Sunday morning from a head injury associated with the crash. The Coroner’s Office said his death came about 23 hours after the crash.