The underside of the vehicle deputies said crashed while being chased. (Dec. 4, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Several emergency vehicles are parked at the scene of a crash involving a pursued vehicle in Anderson County. (Dec. 4, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
One person was killed and another was injured in a crash involving a vehicle that was being chased by Anderson County deputies Tuesday afternoon.
The crash happened about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Middleton Road and Abbeville Highway.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said a deputy was responding to a call when he noticed a vehicle that officials had been seeking for a couple of days. He said that when the deputy tried to stop the vehicle along Flat Rock Road, the driver sped away.
Skipper said the deputy chased the vehicle for about three miles when he came upon a curve on Middleton Road and reduced his speed.
"When he came around the curve, he observed the vehicle had left the road, and hit these trees," Skipper said as he motioned to a wooded area nearby.
Skipper said the driver of the vehicle, identified by Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore as 27-year-old Cory Madden, of Anderson, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Shore said a second person in the vehicle was also ejected and suffered serious injuries. Skipper said that person was being treated at al local hospital.
Skipper said the license plate on the pursued vehicle belongs to a different vehicle, which leads him to believe the pursued vehicle had been stolen.
Madden's mother, Linda Mullinex, and wife, Mika Madden, said he is a father of three girls. They said they know he was no saint, but they didn't think deputies should have taken the chase this far.
"Cory did do wrong and I'm not going to uphold him in the wrong that he did, but at the same time, they didn't have to chase my youngin until he died at high speeds," said Mullinex.
Chad McBride, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said a stolen vehicle is reason for deputies to chase a car if the supervisor on duty gives the go-ahead. The supervisor looks at traffic and weather conditions in deciding whether a chase could go forward. He said the driver has the choice to flee and it's that driver that picks the speed of the chase.
Troopers said neither Cory Madden nor his passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
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