ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX CAROLINA) - Asheville police and Buncombe County deputies are investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle that killed one person and seriously injured two others.
The crash happened along Tunnel Road on Tuesday around 10:13 p.m.
Before the crash, Buncombe County deputies said a deputy spotted a 2001 Acura sedan pull over into the emergency lane alongside I-240.
The deputy then pulled over behind the car and activated blue lights.
At that point, deputies said the Acura sped off.
The Acura then crashed into another vehicle near Exit 7, lost control, and then careened off the interstate and on to Tunnel Road.
Police say the vehicle that crashed had previously been reported stolen on June 6 to the Asheville Police Department from a business on Lyman Street.
Upon investigation, police say in all three victims, two males and one female, were involved in the crash. Police say that two of the victims were ejected when the vehicle flipped, and one was entrapped.
Two passengers sustained life-threatening injuries, and one with critical injuries were sent to Mission Hospital for medical treatment, Asheville Police say. According to police, one of the male victims died from his injuries at the hospital.
Later in the evening, police identified the deceased as Robert Lewis Wingard, 36, of Asheville.
While the accident was under investigation, Tunnel Road was closed from about 10:15 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. under the bridge access ramp to access ramp.
Police are still investigating at this time.