OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A Seneca woman was killed when a driver trying to flee a traffic stop crashed into the victim’s home and landed on her bed.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said the crash happened at about 11:37 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Clemson Boulevard and Wells Highway in Seneca.
Addis said Vanessa Leanne Neimeyer, 39, was in bed when the vehicle crashed through the basement of the house at 10695 Clemson Boulevard and landed on top of her.
Vanessa’s mom said, “I’m so thankful they got her out as soon as they did I pray for the defendant and his family.”
Vanessa Neimeyer died at the scene.
During his bond hearing, El Asia Hassian Muhammad spoke to the victims family, “ I want to apologize to the family what happened last night I didn’t mean it to happen and I’m really sorry and I apologize.”
She reportedly lived there with her mother and grandparents.
The driver, El Asia Hassian Muhammad, 19, fled a license checkpoint on Wells Highway and was being chased by S.C. Highway Patrol troopers when he crashed into the home, according to Addis.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said troopers arrested Muhammad after he ran away from the scene. He was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center.
He has been charged with hit and run accident with death, first offense driving under suspension (DUI), fail to comply with direction of police/fireman and fail to stop for blue light with death results, according to jail records.
Muhammad was denied bond by a judge during court Tuesday afternoon.
Oconee County Judge said, “ you do have a charge of hit-and-run with death results driving under suspension failure to stop for blue lights and failure to comply with law-enforcement”
The crash is under investigation by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.