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Traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 95 South on Wednesday after a suspected robber crashed his motorcycle. The suspect later died.

A New Jersey man has been identified as the person who died following a high-speed chase with law enforcement.

Colby Smith, 23, of Laurel Springs, N.J. died Wednesday, according to Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey.

Smith died at Colleton Medical Center due to multiple blunt-force trauma after being thrown from a motorcycle at mile marker 62 on Interstate 95.

Harvey said Smith was operating the motorcycle at an excessive speed when he collided with a pickup truck.

According to a Holly Hill police incident report, the truck was an unmarked Colleton County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

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Holly Hill Police Chief Josh Detter said Smith is suspected of robbing the Marathon gas station at 8704 Old State Road at 10:19 a.m. Wednesday.

A few minutes later, witnesses allegedly saw Smith attempting to enter the Farmers & Merchants Bank, located at 8624 Old State Road. He didn’t make it past the second set of security doors at the entrance.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Rene Williams said Smith is also the suspect in a robbery at the Hutto Exxon/Food Mart at 1182 Good Farm Road in the Providence community.

The store is near the southbound entrance of I-95 on Old State Road.

Smith was allegedly operating a stolen 2017 Suzuki motorcycle and led law enforcement in a chase that reached 130 mph along I-95 southbound.

The S.C. Highway Patrol’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the fatal crash.

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