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Sheriff: Driver fleeing police crashed into home, killed 1

July 3, 2019

SENECA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old driver fleeing a South Carolina Highway Patrol checkpoint crashed into a house and killed a sleeping woman.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw tells the Anderson Independent-Mail that El Asia Hassian Muhammad fled the alcohol checkpoint Monday night and initiated a brief pursuit that ended when he crashed into the Seneca home. Coroner Karl Addis says the car landed on top of 39-year-old Vanessa Leanna Neimeyer, who was visiting the area to celebrate her grandparents’ 68th anniversary.

The sheriff says Muhammad fled the car on foot but was soon caught by troopers. A teen passenger remained in the car and hasn’t been charged. Muhammad was taken to the county detention center. He’s charged with failing to stop for blue lights resulting in death.


Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com

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