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Berkeley County crash on Monday after high-speed chase fatal for the driver; local authorities revealed the identity of the victim

BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – According to the Berkeley County Coroner, a high-speed chase that involved the South Carolina Highway Patrol ended in a collision near Moncks Corner on Monday afternoon. The collision resulted in the death of a man who had been 39 years old.

According to the Chief Deputy Coroner Darnell Hartwell, Damarius Sentell Williams, who was from Cordesville, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident in the 2500 block of Cooper Store Road.

At around 3:52 p.m. on Monday, a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol named Lance Cpl. Nick Pye said that a trooper attempted to pull over a black Honda Accord that was traveling on U.S. 17A. According to the troopers, the vehicle, which had been reported stolen, did not stop, which resulted in a pursuit.

An incident report shows that Berkeley County Deputies arrived at the scene of the mishap at approximately 4:01 p.m. The deputies reported seeing the automobile broken up into two pieces at the scene.

During their investigation of the crash site, deputies discovered that the dashboard and the column that supported the steering wheel had become detached from the car. They also retrieved the speedometer from the vehicle, which they claim was frozen at one hundred miles per hour. The front passenger side of the vehicle looked to have made contact with a tree, which caused the vehicle to spin around and make contact with a second tree, according to the investigators who worked on the case. According to the account, the vehicle then performed another spin and broke in half.

A study of dashcam footage from the Highway Patrol showed that the pursuit started at 3:51 p.m. on Seven Oaks Drive near Dangerfield Road, and it eventually reached speeds of up to 90 mph on Black Tom Road, according to the sheriff’s deputies.

According to the report, the driver of the vehicle “continued to operate in an aggressive and dangerous manner” in an attempt to avoid the law enforcement officer. After making the turn onto Cooper Store Road, the car continued traveling at speeds of more than 110 miles per hour until it lost control while attempting to get around a pickup truck.

On Wednesday afternoon, deputies reported that they had obtained a copy of the footage captured by the trooper’s dashcam.

Their inquiry into the crash has not yet come to an end.

According to Hartwell, an autopsy has been planned to be performed on Williams in order to assist in determining the cause of death.

The accident is still being looked into by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office.

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