Florence County Man Dies in Collision with Car Occupied by Four Men Fleeing from Law Enforcement
High-speed police chases have formed the climactic scenes of plenty of action movies; the flashing lights and noisy sirens are plenty interesting to watch on a screen from the safety of your home. When a car speeds past you, followed by the sound of police cars approaching, it is much scarier. The danger is real whenever anyone drives near you at a speed much higher than the speed limit, no matter the reason. It could be a drunk driver, someone involved in a drag race, or a participant in a police chase, whether a police car or the car they are pursuing; who is driving has no effect on the severity of your injuries, but the speed at which they are traveling does. Your chances of surviving a 40-mph crash are much greater than surviving a 100-mph crash, no matter who is behind the wheel. If you have been seriously injured in a traffic accident involving excessive speed, contact a South Carolina car accident lawyer.
High Speed Police Chase Turns Deadly
On October 7, Derrick Brown of Lake City was driving his pickup truck in a southbound lane of U.S. 52. Suddenly, a 2020 Nissan traveling much faster than the speed limit crashed into Brown’s vehicle, causing it to veer into a northbound lane and collide with an approaching cement mixer truck. Brown died at age 38 from injuries sustained in the crash.
The Nissan was going so fast because its occupants were fleeing from an undercover Highway Patrol car that had begun flashing its blue lights in an attempt to pull the car over for a traffic stop. The collision that claimed Brown’s life brought the chase to an end, and deputies arrested all four of the men inside the Nissan, none of whom sustained serious injuries in the crash.
- Tysnick Hoggard of Connecticut was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. He has been charged with reckless homicide in addition to cocaine trafficking, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and failure to stop for blue lights.
- Salvatore Pizzuto, also of Connecticut, faces charges for cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, in addition to weapons charges.
- Trevor McCray of Lake City has been charged with cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as weapons offenses.
- Brian McCray, also of Lake City, faces weapons charges in addition to cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.
All four men are being held in jail without bond while their case is pending. Whatever the outcome of their criminal case, Brown’s surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.
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A Columbia car accident lawyer can help you if your injuries are the result of a traffic accident stemming from a high-speed police chase. Contact The Stanley Law Group for a consultation.