A 14-year-old girl died Friday, making her the second person killed in a crash that happened when a car that Garner police had been chasing for speeding Thursday evening hit a church van at an estimated 90 mph on Hammond Road near Interstate 40 in Raleigh, officials said.
Erieyana Holloway of Raleigh had been in critical condition at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, but died Friday, Garner police Capt. Joe Binns said.
The other person killed, Shada Sahquea Taylor, 25, was a passenger in the fleeing car and was found dead when Garner officers discovered the wreck after briefly losing sight of the 2008 Pontiac, they said.
The van driver, Shaun Dontay Jackson, 36, of Raleigh, and Montrell Lewis, a 13-year-old boy who was a passenger, were hospitalized.
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The man who police said was driving the car, Kawme Delanta Otis McGregory, 18, of 1491 U.S. 70 West in Garner, was hurt, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Binns said.
The crash occurred about seven minutes after a Garner police officer pulled the Pontiac over at West Garner and Creech roads for speeding shortly before 7 p.m., according to a recording of police radio traffic about the incident.
The officer told a dispatcher that he was walking toward the silver Pontiac from his cruiser when the car sped away.
The chase wound around several streets, with the Pontiac running a red light at Tryon and Garner roads and a stop sign at Garner Road and Rush Street, the officer radioed. Tires could be heard squealing as he sent updates.
“Extremely careless and reckless,” the officer said as he described the chase going as fast as 80 mph through town streets.
At one point, the Pontiac went off the road, then came back onto the pavement, he reported. Garner police lost sight of the car on Rush Street and turned onto Hammond Road looking for it, the spokesman said.
Garner police charged McGregory with driving while impaired, they said, and added that they expect to add other charges.
A wreck report compiled by Raleigh traffic investigators estimated that the Pontiac was traveling north at 90 mph on Hammond Road when it hit a southbound Chevrolet van owned by Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries as it made a left turn onto I-40.
The van wound up on its side more than 100 feet away off the east side of Hammond Road, the report said. Jackson and the two teens were the only occupants of the van, according to the police report.