Information on the number of people that are injured or killed in relation to high-speed pursuit chases is lacking. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a reporting mechanism for such crashes, law enforcement agencies are not required to report the incidents. The data, while incomplete, indicates that at least one person every day is killed in a high-speed chase, but because agencies are not required to report these incidences many feel these statistics are grossly understated. The number of people injured or killed as a result of police chases may be many times higher.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a police chase that led to multiple accidents and shut down Interstate 75 in Atlanta.
The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 20th.
At about 3:40 a.m., a Dodge Challenger pulled out onto Spring Street, but was traveling the wrong way. As they headed towards a Georgia State Patrol trooper, who attempted to pull the driver over, the driver executed a U-turn and fled.
The driver, identified as 34-year-old Kahre Williams, entered onto the 75/85 Connector with the trooper in pursuit.
As the pursuit went on, Williams crashed into two vehicles. One was a red Ford Expedition, and another was a silver Nissan Altima. The front passenger in the Expedition was ejected from the car and pronounced dead. Multiple other people were injured in the accident and were taken to area hospitals.
Williams attempted to run from the crash scene but was apprehended by troopers. He is facing charges of second-degree murder, vehicular homicide, two counts of serious injury, felony fleeing, and related traffic charges. Police also think that Williams was intoxicated at the time of the chase. The interstate was shut down for nearly four hours as the Georgia State Patrol investigated and cleared the scene.
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