Benjamin to speak with police about crash

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WIS) - The mayor-elect of South Carolina's capital city is set to speak with police about a wreck that sent a Columbia woman to the hospital.

The State newspaper of Columbia reported Friday that Steve Benjamin is expected Monday to discuss the April 21 crash with police.

Clarion Hotel worker Deborah Rubens has been in a coma since her Toyota Tercel collided with Steve Benjamin's Mercedes SUV about 6 a.m.

Benjamin had won a run-off election hours earlier to become Columbia's first black mayor. He was on his way to media interviews and wasn't hurt in the wreck.

Rubens' attorney, Rick Detwiler, says she has a brain injury, a broken collarbone and a broken pelvis.  Detwiler said she squeezed a friend's hand Wednesday and has opened her eyes temporarily.

Columbia police are investigating.  The city hasn't released requested accident reports, transcripts or audio of 911 calls.

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