SCHP: 1 dead after evading Richland County deputies

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Richland Co., SC (WOLO) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Friday afternoon just after 2:30 p.m. According to Master Trooper William Bennett of SCHP, the driver of a 2009 Ford Fusion was traveling east along Colonial Drive while trying to elude police about 2 miles north of the city of Columbia.

Officials say during the pursuit, the unknown driver ran off the left side of the road at the Hurst Drive intersection and struck a tree. The driver was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where investigators say the person later died.

The accident is still under investigation.