ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A 27-year-old man is dead after a police chase in Anderson County, according to deputies.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said that deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious person near a school, and while on their way, they spotted a black Mustang on Flat Rock Road that matched the description of a stolen car they had been looking for over the past week.
Skipper said the deputies tried to pull the Mustang over, but the driver sped off.
He said the deputy realized the speed of 60 mph or more was too fast for a curve that was coming up, so he backed off. Skipper said when the deputy rounded the curve, he found that the driver of the Mustang had lost control of the vehicle and it had left the road and flipped into a wooded area on Middleton Road.
Skipper said the driver was thrown from the Mustang and died at the scene. Coroner Greg Shore identified the driver as 27-year-old Brian Corey Madden.
A passenger, identified by troopers as Tasha Foster, 26, was also ejected from the car and was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
Shore said he think clothes found in the trees at the scene of the wreck were there because Madden was attempting to change his clothes while driving in hopes of making it more difficult to identify him if he was caught.
Madden, who was wearing only underwear when the vehicle crashed, died of blunt-force trauma, Shore said.
Linda Mullinax, Madden's mother, said,"This chasing stuff should be outlawed. I know my youngin' wasn't a saint. He did things and the law was looking for him, but you don't have to kill somebody."
"Corey was a very misunderstood person. He did a lot of things wrong. He was on drugs. We begged him and begged him to get off the drugs. I didn't want him on the drugs, but he didn't deserve to die by a bunch of county cops chasing him," she said.
Madden was married and had three children.
"He didn't deserve what happened to him. Corey was a good man. He loved his girls. He loved me and he loved his babies' mama," said Madden's wife, Mika.
Foster was a friend of Madden.