RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh man has been charged after he eluded police and crashed into a taxicab killing the driver early Saturday morning, police say.
Several streets in the area of the crash were blocked until Saturday afternoon.
The incident began when officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle behind the Walmart located at 1725 New Hope Church Road around 3:15 a.m., authorities say.
As officers were approaching the scene, a vehicle matching the description of the suspicious vehicle was seen speeding away eastbound on New Hope Church Road, according to authorities.
An officer turned around in an attempt to stop the speeding vehicle but the vehicle refused to stop.
As the suspect vehicle went through the intersection of New Hope Church Road and Atlantic Avenue, it crashed into a taxicab that was proceeding northbound on Atlantic Avenue through a green light, police said.
The impact of the crash caused the taxi driver to be ejected and the empty taxi continued rolling and crashed into the laundromat at 4000 Atlantic Avenue.
The driver of the taxicab, who worked for Amigo Taxis, died at the scene.
Dreshawn Bynum, 24, of the 5600 block of Forest Oaks Drive in Raleigh is facing several charges including murder, DWI, hit and run with injury and larceny of a motor vehicle.
The driver of the suspect vehicle jumped out and tried to run away from the crash but was quickly apprehended by police.
Further investigation revealed that the vehicle the suspect was driving had been recently stolen.
The name of the taxicab driver has not been released.