COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle collision in Columbia on Thursday.

At around 10:12 p.m., a 2005 Honda Accord was driving north on Harpers Farm Road approaching Route 108 when it left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a tree.

The driver and the only person in the car, 19-year-old Lance Christopher Mercy of Ellicott City was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. The area was closed for approximately three hours.

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