A woman fleeing pursuit by Charleston (SC) County sheriff's deputies caused a head-on collision at the intersection of Maybank Highway and River Road in Johns Island, South Carolina, on the afternoon of May 11, 2014. The accident involved two cars, and several people sustained serious injuries requiring emergency transportation to a nearby hospital.
The at-fault driver was among the injured and now likely faces multiple criminal charges. No information about the condition of, or prospects for recovery for, the other victims had been released as of the following morning.
Reports indicate that the woman who hit the other vehicle sped away from a domestic disturbance that drew attention from law enforcement officials. She was apparently speeding and ignoring traffic signals immediately before the wreck.
To state this as plainly as possible: Running from a police stop never ends well. Whole syndicated "real video" series prove this, as do far too many of the cases my Carolina personal injury law firm colleagues and I see. The best outcomes is that the lives and health of dozens of innocent people get put at risk before the fleeing driver is arrested and charged with felonies. Usually, accidents occur and lives get ruined.
Fortunately, no one lost his or life outside of Charleston, but the possibility of a fatal crash always exists during a high-speed police chase. Regardless of the situation, drivers should always pull over when signaled to do so by local police officers, state troopers and sheriff's deputies.