BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Howard County Police Department is investigating a fatal car wreck Wednesday morning that closed Columbia Rd. in Ellicott City for a time.

The single-vehicle wreck happened at 8:30 a.m., when a westbound 2005 Honda Pilot left the roadway while traveling on Columbia Rd., and hit a tree.

The driver, 29-year-old Sukhita Himanshu Jayaratna, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person inside the vehicle, and police say their investigation found that he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Columbia Rd. was closed between Hemlock Cone Way and Old Dragon Path as police continued their investigation, but the road is now back open.

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