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Tragic Crash Resulting from Car Chase in Liberty County, Georgia Kills Four


January 15, 2020

LIBERTY COUNTY, GA- Wtoc.com writes that a tragic wreck killed four individuals in Liberty County over the weekend. The county coroner identified the victims killed in the crash as a 19-year-old man from Savannah, a 32-year-old man from Savannah, a 40-year-old woman from Midway and a 43-year-old man who was a sergeant in the military.*

The incident began when officers initiated a traffic stop of a Nissan Sentra. Police suspected that the vehicle had been stolen in Savannah. The driver failed to stop as directed and fled the scene. Officers stated that the vehicle entered oncoming traffic as they pursued. On Leroy Coffer Highway, the Nissan struck a black Audi head-on, killing the backseat passenger in that vehicle. The 43-year-old Sergeant First Class died at the scene of the wreck. All of the other victims were in the Nissan and also died at the site of the collision. 

The person driving the Audi also sustained injuries and is recovering in the hospital.

Images from the scene show the Nissan mangled and overturned on the side of the road. The Audi sustained severe damage to its front end. 

Police chases are often criticized as being unnecessarily dangerous. Officers frequently pursue drivers who are only accused or suspected of minor infractions, and the chase creates a major hazard to all involved and to innocent bystanders. Many police departments only permit chases in situations where the suspects are considered dangerous and violent. The risk of crashes once a chase is initiated is by some estimates, as high as 35 to 40 percent. The issue is complicated for police because, in many instances, the drivers continue to drive recklessly even after police discontinue the chase. 

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Sources:https://www.wtoc.com/2020/01/11/people-dead-after-police-chase-leroy-coffer-hwy-near-arcadia-dr-liberty-county/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/

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