One Dead After High Speed Chase in Franklin County

May 15, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


One person is confirmed dead, two others injured after a high-speed chase on I-85 northbound yesterday afternoon.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, Banks County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a silver Toyota traveling northbound for speeding.

“We received a call that the Toyota was headed into Franklin County on I-85 exceeding speeds of 100mph,” Thomas said late Tuesday afternoon.  “We also had two deputies at Exit 166 and they put out stop sticks and attempted to stop the vehicle.”

Thomas said the suspects avoided the stop sticks and raced up the interstate weaving in and out of traffic and also traveling on the shoulder passing vehicles at speeds of over 100mph.

One of the GSP troopers got along side of the Toyota a t which point Thomas said the suspect side swiped the trooper’s cruiser.

That caused the driver of the Toyota to lose control a second time.

“At that time, the driver went off the road down an embankment and struck a tree,” Thomas said. “One person inside the vehicle died at the scene, a second person was air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital and a third was taken to Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia.”

Thomas said the Banks County Sheriff’s office indicated deputies tried to stop the Toyota for speeding, but instead the driver fled.

He said as the Toyota sped up the Interstate, items could be seen by the deputies being thrown from the vehicle.

As of 4:30p yesterday, the names of the persons inside the Toyota are not known.

More on this story as details become available.