Driver eludes Mt. Pleasant police, then hits 18-wheeler, killing passenger

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A woman was killed and a man was injured after crashing into an 18-wheeler on US 17 in Mt. Pleasant early Wednesday morning.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, 49-year-old Ricky Bostic, from Myrtle Beach, had an encounter with a Mt. Pleasant police officer in a parking lot before he took off in a Ford Taurus.

Seconds later, he crashed head on into an 18-wheeler, killing 41-year-old Mary Dew of Horry County. Dew was a passenger in Bostic's car. The accident occurred on US 17 near Highway 41 just before 2 a.m.

Bostic was taken to the Medical University for treatment and his condition is unknown. The identity of the woman killed has not been released and the driver of the 18-wheeler is expected to be OK.

According to Mt. Pleasant police, an officer approached the Ford Taurus parked at a Kangaroo gas station on the corner of Highway 17 and Highway 41 around 1:45 a.m. According to a police report, the car was parked there for over an hour.

The officer went to the driver's side of the car and asked if everything was OK. The man, who was in the driver's seat, said "We are getting everything worked out."

According to the police report, the female passenger was crying and they said that a hospital had just conducted surgery on her and almost killed her. The officer said he could tell the driver was anxious and did not want to talk.

At that point, the driver put the car in reverse and started to back up. The officer advised him to put the car in park, but the driver rolled up the window and abruptly backed up, almost running over the police officer's legs.

At that point he peeled out of the gas station parking lot and almost ran off the road as he turned onto Highway 17.

Another officer reported that soon after he collided head on with a tractor trailer. As officers arrived at the crash site, they found a beer can under the driver's seat and several other beer cans in the back seat.

The highway patrol is investigating the accident.

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