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Teen Dies and Another Injured in Tragic Crash in Taliaferro County, Georgia


January 19, 2020

TALIAFERRO COUNTY, GA- Wrdw.com writes that a sixteen-year-old died in a collision in Taliaferro County late last week. The authorities located the mangled vehicle on Interstate 20. Police believe that the driver exited the interstate, then entered again, but heading against the flow of traffic.*

The vehicle struck a median, a culvert, and then flew off the pavement and into an embankment along the side of the road. The teenage boy operating the vehicle died at the scene. An eighteen-year-old who was a passenger in the car was thrown from the vehicle in the impact. The ejected passenger survived but sustained severe injuries in the wreck. 

County police officers saw the vehicle earlier in the evening and began to follow it, as they believed that the car might have been stolen and because the driver was traveling at above the speed limit. When the pursued teens saw the officers, they drove away, and the Taliaferro County deputy says that they chose not to pursue the car. 

Officers have now confirmed that the vehicle was stolen and identified it as a car that was taken from a fitness center in South Carolina. Police say both of the occupants had their seatbelts on at the time of the crash. Images of the car show the vehicle so badly crumpled and damaged that it is barely recognizable. 

Police chases are dangerous, and many departments have strict policies for when officers may initiate pursuit of a suspect on the road. In most cases, police are urged only to follow those suspects who are considered violent and dangerous. Chases put officers, suspects, and innocent bystanders at risk of severe injury and death. Unfortunately, even once officers call off a chase, many suspects continue to speed for at least one or two minutes. 

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Sources:https://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Deputies-16-year-old-dead-another-teen-injured-in-crash-after-stealing-car-speeding-567011051.html and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/

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