Victims in fatal N. Charleston wreck identified

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified the two people who died in a wreck after allegedly racing away from a license checkpoint Monday night.

The coroner says 19-year-old Deangelo Walker and his passenger, 19-year-old Lauquez Lincoln, died as a result of injuries sustained after the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a fence near America Street.

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol was conducting a license checkpoint Monday night, at the off-ramp of Cosgrove Avenue, near I-26 West.

Officials say a man driving a Dodge Stratus, later identified as Walker, came to a stop at the checkpoint around 11:30 p.m., but drove off after being asked for his driver's license.

Eric Watson with the Sheriff's Office says one trooper activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to catch the suspect's vehicle.

Deputies say the vehicle was traveling at a high speed down Azalea Drive heading towards the King Street Extension.

Authorities say the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the entrance fence to America Street, causing the car to burst into flames.

Deputies say Lincoln died at the scene. Walker was taken to MUSC where he was later pronounced dead.

Neither victim died as a result of the vehicle fire, the coroner said.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating.

Cosgrove Avenue, near King Street extension was closed while investigators processed the scene. It was reopened around 4:40 a.m.

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