Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on South Highway 701 in Loris, South Carolina (SC)
LORIS, SC - Wbtw.com writes that a crash took place this week between a motorcyclist and a police car. The incident occurred in the evening on Highway 701. According to reports, the police car’s lights were activated at the time of the collision, and the officer was attempting to stop the biker. When the motorcyclist did not stop, the Aynor officer initiated a pursuit.
After the wreck, responders flew the motorcyclist to Grand Strand Medical Center. Police are still investigating the crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is not in charge of the investigation.
Police chases often result in tragedies. In many events, when officers pursue drivers, the chase ends in a fatal collision. The victims of these wrecks are not only the fleeing drivers but are also frequently innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with the chase or the suspects. Police officers, too, are killed in such crashes.
In many parts of the country, departments have worked to reduce the carnage caused by these incidents. For instance, some places have effectively banned police chases. Other times, officers must seek approval to pursue a suspect. Of course, the decision to chase a person is often made in an instant, and therefore there is little time for the police to weigh the alternative options and the consequences. In cases where traffic is heavy, and many pedestrians are out, the idea of pursuit is clearly dangerous. Such circumstances are only part of the consideration, though. Other factors include the risk that the fleeing driver presents to the public.
While these crashes kill hundreds of people a year, it is worth noting that we do not know the actual number of people killed by police chases. Data on crash deaths sometimes fail to include them whether or not the incident took place in the course of a pursuit.
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