COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The celebrations following USC's win over number one ranked Alabama turned tragic in Columbia when a 20-year-old student died after the game.
A 25-year-old Columbia man was arrested for his involvement and charged with breach of peace. Curtis Simms went before a judge Sunday afternoon.
Investigators say Simms got into a fight Saturday night with 20-year-old Allen Gasque, known as "Martin" to friends.
Deputies say the fight between Simms and Gasque stemmed from game day traffic. Gasque later died.
Witnesses to the incident say the mood went from celebratory to one of disbelief.
"You know, what a great day, then [the fight] happened and it's just going to change people's lives forever," said Hayden Bishop, who walked by the accident moments after it happened.
Deputies say Simms was in a car when he started arguing with Gasque, the passenger in a nearby truck. They say the argument escalated and both men got out of their vehicles, leading to the physical altercation.
Investigators say Gasque ended up on the ground and the truck he was actually riding in ran over him. Officials are calling the death a homicide.
"That could happen to anybody, I mean walking around here especially during the game, people just walk everywhere, don't really pay attention," adds Bishop.
Investigators say the driver of the truck did not see Gasque.
On Facebook, friends of Gasque wrote about him being a stand-up guy and one of the best catchers Marion High School ever had.
"I know how it is to have a good day, then something bad really, really happens. I just feel bad for whosever family that was," says Bishop.
Simms was told by the judge to not make any contact with Gasque's friends or family, and was given a $10,000 PR bond.
Deputies say the accident is still under investigation and more charges could be filed.