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Driver Fleeing Police Causes Five-vehicle Injury Accident

two severely damaged cars at intersection with ambulance responding in foreground

According to the Rapid City Journal, multiple motorists suffered from injuries following a five-vehicle crash due to a driver fleeing the police in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Monday afternoon.

Driver Faces Several Charges

Andrew Chipps, 25, started the evasion from the police at around 3:00 p.m. local time when a state highway patrol officer attempted to pull him over. Chipps fled south on Lacrosse Street before causing the accident at the intersection of Anamosa Street.

Chipps, traveling at a high rate of speed, blew through a red light and collided with four vehicles, reports the Rapid City Journal. The chain-reaction collision injured an unknown amount of people, but four victims received treatment for injuries at Rapid City Regional Hospital. The severity of the injuries is also unknown, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Police believe alcohol played a role in the multiple-vehicle crash, as they found open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. The Rapid City Journal reports that Chipps faces charges of aggravated eluding, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, open container in a vehicle, and four counts of vehicular battery.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014 is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 2,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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