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Man who crashed vehicle dies after refusing treatment

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A Columbia man who told authorities he was okay after crashing his vehicle Saturday morning has died.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said 77-year-old Peter Kremlick was the driver and only occupant of his Dodge van that was reported to have swerved to miss another vehicle and struck a utility pole on Columbiana Drive.

The collision happened around 10 a.m. near Crossbow Drive, which where Texas Roadhouse is located.

Hours after refusing treatment at the scene, Kremlick started having headaches and became confused, Watts said.

According to a police incident report, Kremlick lives less than two miles from the accident scene.

He was taken for medical treatment but died around 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Lexington Medical Center from a head injury associated with the crash.

Lexington Medical Center ER Dr. Todd Crump says sometimes, a high-impact event like a car crash causes internal bleeding in the brain.

The condition can develop slowly with the victim experiencing a progression of symptoms similar to those reported in the Kremlick case.

Of course, it's not just car accidents that can lead to these life-threatening situations.

It's one reason head injuries from contact sports are under heavy scrutiny by amateur and professional leagues all over the nation. Crump says anyone who suffers from a blow to the head needs to be watched closely even if they say they're alright.

The City of Columbia Police Department is investigating the incident.

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