3rd person dies following December chase, crash in Wellford

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — A 37-year-old Spartanburg man died Monday from injuries sustained in a December chase and crash in Wellford.

According to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office, Chavis Diggs died at Spartanburg Medical Center from his injuries.

Diggs was involved in a crash on Highway 29 near the intersection of Spartanburg Road in Wellford on December 2.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened when a Dodge Charger driven by Diggs being chased by law enforcement struck a Jeep which was leaving a private driveway.

Both vehicles then caught fire, according to SCHP.

The passenger of the Dodge, 25-year-old Kenneth James Heavner, died after being thrown from the vehicle.

The driver of the Jeep, 61-year-old Charles Rickman Stepp, also died as a result of the crash.

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