1 dead when motorcycle crashes after attempted traffic stop in Spartanburg Co.


SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies say a motorcyclist was killed when he attempted to flee a traffic stop and crashed head-on into a car.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said a trooper tried to stop a motorcycle near Springfield Road on Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Wright said the motorcyclist pulled into a nearby parking lot before taking off down the wrong side of the road and crashing head-on into a car near the intersection of North Pine Street and Asheville Highway.

The trooper was not behind the motorcycle when the crash happened, according to Sheriff Wright.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said the trooper was trying to stop the motorcycle because it had no license plate.

The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.

The coroner identified the motorcyclist as 28-year-old Casey Lee Owens.

Owens died shortly after 11 a.m. at the scene of the crash.

Two people in the car suffered minor injuries, Wright said.

“You probably need to pray for sure for the young man that ran and the lady that was hit and the trooper that was involved because he was just doing his job,” Wright said. “He didn’t want to hurt anybody. He didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sheriff Wright said the motorcycle was stolen and Owens had numerous warrants on him from the Sheriff’s Office.

“The best thing would be to just pull over,” Wright said. “The troopers are going to write you a warrant or write you a ticket so that you show up in court and that’s about the end of it. This fella had more things going on. He was on a stolen motorcycle, he had outstanding general session bench warrants on him, so it’s just unfortunate that he made that choice.”

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