One person died and three others were injured following a chase with a state trooper into Anson County from Union County on Tuesday night.
A trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol saw a Dodge minivan speeding on U.S. Highway 74 in Union County at about 11:55 p.m., according to a release from the Highway Patrol. When the trooper tried to stop the van, the driver allegedly kept going, prompting the trooper to chase the van.
Once the chase continued into Anson County, the trooper tried a precision immobilization technique — called the PIT maneuver — attempting to force the minivan to turn sideways and stop.
Troopers say the driver of the minivan lost control, traveled off onto the shoulder of the highway and overturned —ejecting the driver and three passengers.
One passenger died at the scene and the driver and two other passengers were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to the release.
“The loss of life that occurred is tragic for everyone involved,” Col. Glenn McNeill, commander of the N.C. Highway Patrol, said in the release.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will help the State Highway Patrol’s RECON team investigate the crash.
Sgt. Michael Baker, public information officer for the Highway Patrol, said Wednesday morning that he did not know the condition of the driver and passengers taken to CMC-Charlotte or whether anyone in the minivan was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. He had no information immediately available on what may have prompted the driver of the minivan to allegedly flee the trooper, but said more information may be available later Wednesday.
WSOC-TV in Charlotte reports that all of the the occupants were teenagers, the passenger who was killed was a 16-year-old girl, and the driver was her 15-year-old brother who doesn’t have a license. Another teenage girl was reported to be in critical condition.
According to a 2007 press release, policy prohibits using the PIT maneuver at speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour or if there are passengers or children in the “violator vehcile.”
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