Man hit on Business 85 while running from deputies after chase, crash


SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A man was hit by a vehicle on Business 85 while running from a Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputy following a chase that began on Interstate 85.

It happened Thursday morning on southbound Business 85 near the exit to Interstate 26.

Trooper Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said there was a pursuit before the pedestrian was hit. Troopers are investigating that accident and another crash connected to the incident.

The pursuit involved a deputy with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Kevin Bobo, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement that a deputy was passed by a vehicle speeding and driving recklessly on northbound I-85. The suspect nearly hit several vehicles. 

A deputy attempted to stop the driver, but the suspect fled.

Deputies say the chase continued from I-85 to Business 85 where the suspect tried to take the I-26 exit before losing control and crashing.

The pursuit didn’t end there.

Deputies say the suspect attempted to run across Business 85, but was hit by a vehicle.

The suspect was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Hospital.

He has been identified as Jose Francisco Acosta, of Inman.

Acosta is charged with Failure to Stop, Reckless Driving, and No SC Driver’s License.

He remains hospitalized for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, and it is unknown when he will be released from the hospital, deputies said.

No officers or civilians were hurt, nor were any county-owned vehicles damaged, Lt. Bobo said.

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