Rhonda Hambright sat at a traffic light on the corner of Highway 21 and Connector Road when the fatal accident occurred. Denzel Hillary, driving a stolen SUV, sped down Highway 21 after police tried to pull him over.
A few minutes later, Hillary crashed into multiple vehicles before smashing into Hambright’s car.
WSOC TV reports that Hambright died instantly. Following the crash, Hillary attempted to escape the scene on foot but was later apprehended. Hillary faces multiple felony charges.
Although officials say the officer who tried to pull over Hillary halted the chase before the crash occurred, investigators are looking into dash cam footage to see if the proper protocol was followed.
Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some facts regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014: