1 dead after driver flees traffic stop, plunges down embankment along I-85

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GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Authorities say a driver fled a traffic stop before plunging down an embankment along Interstate 85.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle Monday night on northbound I-85 at Augusta Road. 

Deputies said the suspect vehicle crashed, resulting in injuries. No information was provided on how many were hurt or the extent of injuries.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said in a news release that the driver of the vehicle, Kent Eric Washington, 29, that refused to stop continued driving at a high rate of speed and attempted to take the Augusta Road exit, but missed the ramp and went down the embankment. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Michael Mansell, died at the scene of the crash, according to the coroner’s office. Mansell was a 30-year-old Greenville resident.

Washington was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital. His condition has not been released at this time. 

Washington has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights resulting in death and driving under suspension, according to SCHP.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the crash.

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