North Charleston Police officer charged in fatal July crash

Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 3:36 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2022 at 6:27 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - After an investigation, the South Carolina Highway Patrol says a North Charleston Police officer is being charged in a deadly July 5 crash.

Jeremy Kraft was the “contributor to the collision” and is charged with driving too fast for conditions, according to LCpl. Nick Pye.

The crash happened at approximately 5:05 p.m. on a Tuesday when Kraft’s vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Charger traveling east on Dorchester Road, struck a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu that was attempting to turn left from Scarsdale Avenue onto Dorchester Road, according to the Highway Patrol.

Raudnesia Waring, 24, died at the scene of the crash at the intersection.

Dashcam video released by the North Charleston Police Department showing the moments before the crash indicates Kraft’s cruiser was traveling 82 mph at the point of impact.

North Charleston Police spokesman Harve Jacobs confirmed that Kraft was responding to the scene of a shooting at the time of the collision, and Police Chief Reggie Burgess said the officer was driving with lights and sirens.

Three days after the crash, Kraft was put on administrative leave and remains employed by the department.

The North Charleston Police Department released a statement following the Highway Patrol’s findings.

The City and Police Department remain deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Waring from a traffic accident involving an NCPD car. There is an established process to handle such matters. We understand the family has retained counsel and we will be working through that process in the weeks and months ahead.

Spann-Wilder Law, the law firm representing the family of the woman who died in the crash, held a news conference at North Charleston City Hall on Friday asking for more answers from the city and Highway Patrol.