Summerville woman arrested after car flips over killing passenger

Summerville woman arrested after car flips over killing passenger

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Goose Creek Police Department has arrested a 22-year-old woman after authorities say her car flipped over and killed the passenger following a police pursuit.

Nia Danielle Wilson of Summerville is charged with failure to stop for a blue light, second-offense driving under suspension and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said 22-year-old Lamont Jenkins of Charleston was transported to Trident Hospital and died at 6:10 p.m. on Monday. Salisbury says the cause of death was due to internal injuries.

A police officer reported that he was patrolling the area of Redbank Road near Howe Hall Road on Monday afternoon, and had his windows down when he detected marijuana coming from a car.

Police say when the officer attempted a traffic stop, the suspect's car made a turn and sped towards Old Black River Road and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, police say the driver failed to stop at a total of three stop signs.

At one point, the officer said he began to slow down after the suspect's vehicle encountered other motorists and went around three vehicles at a high rate of speed.  When the officer passed the three other motorists, the suspect's vehicle was too far ahead to continue, and the officer began to cancel the pursuit.

The officer reported that as he was traveling on Old Back River Road for a location to turn around, he was flagged down by a woman who said that a car, which was later identified as the suspect's, had flipped over down the road.

When the officer got to the location he saw the car laying on its top.

Highway Patrol says the car went off the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

The officer said he saw the driver, Wilson, exit the driver's side of the vehicle and walk towards the front passenger who was stumbling away from the car.

A report states the officer told both to stay where they were, but the passenger kept on walking away; authorities say Wilson walked back to the officer and was told to sit on the ground.

The officer reported the passenger made his way to the driveway of a home and lay on the ground in pain.

According to police, Wilson told the officer she was driving the car and the passenger told her not stop, so she didn't.

Authorities reported finding nine grams of marijuana in the passenger's pocket.

In addition, officers found three clear plastic bags containing 175.5 grams of marijuana in a book bag next to the passenger's side door and a black digital scale next to the bag.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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