Pursuit Involving Charlotte Robbery Suspect Ends In Deadly, Fiery Crash In York County
YORK COUNTY, SC — Officials have identified the two people killed in a vehicle pursuit down I-77 south Thursday afternoon that ended in a fiery crash.
The York County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two people died and a third was injured after their vehicle ran off the right side of the interstate around 4:35pm and crashed into a tree at the Porter Road exit.
The two people killed in the accident have been identified as Kamontie Gross, 19, and Aniyah Taylor, 17, both of Charlotte, according to the York County Coroner’s Office. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials say troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol were chasing the vehicle when the crash occurred. Gross was reportedly driving.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the chase started in the city limits shortly after 4pm when officers located the vehicle. Police say the car had been reported stolen and was used in a Park Road robbery on April 10th.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the suspects took off. They traveled down I-77 at a high rate of speed while swerving in and out of traffic and crossed the state line.
SCHP Troopers eventually tried to stop the vehicle with a PIT maneuver but were unsuccessful. A short time later, the deadly crash occurred and the Toyota Prius burst into flames.
The YCSO says no troopers or deputies were injured during the chase.
According to Mecklenburg County Jail records, Gross had been arrested nine times since 2016. Four of those arrests included charges related stolen vehicles.
Jail records also show Taylor had been arrested seven times since 2017. Her arrests also included several charges for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, as well as Fleeing or Eluding Arrest with a Motor Vehicle.
This is an ongoing investigation.