RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two people, including a 14-year-old, died Thursday night following a police chase that ended in a two-vehicle crash on Hammond Road near Interstate 40, according to Raleigh police.
An officer tried to pull a vehicle over in Garner at about 6:55 p.m. for a suspected speeding infraction, Garner Police Chief Brandon Zuidema said.
Radio traffic released Friday detailed officers’ communications with one another during the stop and the chase.
In the recordings an officer can be heard saying that he’s stopping a silver Pontiac with a South Carolina plate at the intersection of Garner and Creech roads for a suspected speeding violation.
That vehicle was being operated by Kawme McGregory, police confirmed.
The car pulled over, but when an officer approached the car it sped off again, Zuidema said.
“The vehicle just took off as I was walking out,” the officer can be heard saying in the recordings.
The radio calls detail a circuitous chase, in which the officer reports the Pontiac reaching speeds as high as 75 miles per hour, at one point driving the wrong way down the left lane of a two-lane road, driving through a red light and going off road to avoid being trapped.
Raleigh police said they were called at about 7 p.m. because the chase was headed into their jurisdiction.
After a number of quick turns that separated the Pontiac from some of the pursuing officers, the driver had headed up Hammond Road toward downtown Raleigh, officers state on the recorded radio calls.
As the chase moved under Interstate 40, an officer reported the chase had ended in a wreck, using 10-50, the scanner code for a crash.
“10-50. They 10-50ed,” an officer says.
Asked where, the officer responds, “Under I-40. They’re on the side. There’s maybe another vehicle they hit.”
McGregory’s vehicle was traveling at an estimated 90 mph when it slammed into a white passenger van that was turning from Hammond Road onto Interstate 40.
McGregory, 18, is in custody and is being treated at Wake Med, Zuidema said. McGregory’s injuries are serious but not life threatening, Raleigh police said.
A passenger in McGregory’s vehicle, Shada Sahquea Taylor, 25, of Raleigh was killed, police said.
The driver of the white passenger van was identified as Shaun Dontay Jackson, 36, of Raleigh.
In the van, a 14-year-old girl suffered serious injuries and later died, officials confirmed.
A 10-year-old boy and Jackson both had minor injuries, police said. Jackson remained hospitalized Friday, but the boy was home, a family member said.
McGregory has been charged with driving while impaired but more charges are pending. Garner police are discussing the case with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. Charges of felony speeding to elude and felony death by motor vehicle are likely, and other charges might also be filed, police said.
Garner police supervisors have discretion when deciding whether officers should engage in a chase or not. In this case, officer continued the chase because of McGregory’s careless and reckless driving, as well as the speed the vehicle was traveling when it was pulled over for the initial traffic stop.
McGregory was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in September 2016 and was also arrested on drug charges in June 2016.