Outsider should investigate SC mayor crash

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COLUMBIA - An official in South Carolina's capital city says an outside law enforcement agency should investigate a wreck involving the mayor-elect.

Multiple media outlets report that Columbia City Councilwoman Belinda Gergel said today the Highway Patrol should take over the investigation into Steve Benjamin's crash. The council is meeting Friday to discuss the matter.

Hotel worker Deborah Rubens' car collided with Steve Benjamin's sports utility vehicle shortly before 6 a.m. April 21.

Hours earlier, Benjamin had won a run-off to become Columbia's first black mayor. He wasn't hurt, and Rubens' attorney says she is slowly improving.

Columbia police are investigating. Benjamin has said another agency should get involved. But Chief Tandy Carter says his department is retaining control of the investigation.

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