Police chases are becoming increasingly dangerous, especially for innocent bystanders. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the outcome of police chases ends with 355 killed every year. Most of those killed are innocent bystanders, but sometimes police officers are killed, too, at a rate of three per year on average. Unfortunately, these chases also kill African-Americans at a higher rate than other races, often three times higher than the overall population. Even more shockingly, an overwhelming majority of these deadly chases are in response to non-violent crimes, such as minor traffic violations. Perhaps due to these statistics, many police departments now have policies in place that govern just when, and how, police pursuits are allowed to begin.
CBS 46 reports on a man who was fleeing a traffic stop who was involved in a multi-vehicle accident, resulting in the death of his passenger. On Tuesday evening, police attempted to make a traffic stop on an unidentified man driving a Dodge Charger. The vehicle allegedly had plates belonging to another vehicle attached.
According to police, the driver fled from the traffic stop, driving at a high rate of speed towards the intersection of Hamilton E. Holmes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Police arrived at the intersection at about 7:30 p.m. and found that the Charger had collided with two vehicles.
A passenger in the Charger was found inside the car with critical injuries. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver, who fled on foot from the accident, has not been located. The people in other vehicles were not seriously injured.
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