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2 dead after fleeing Highway Patrol license check

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Car crashed into this brick fence in North Charleston (Stefanie Bainum/WCIV) Car crashed into this brick fence in North Charleston (Stefanie Bainum/WCIV)
Deputies say the car crashed through the Americast fence (Stefanie Bainum/WCIV) Deputies say the car crashed through the Americast fence (Stefanie Bainum/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- What started as a police checkpoint quickly escalated into a high speed chase and ended with two men dead Monday night.

The coroner's office identified the two men as 19-year-old Deangelo Walker and 19-year-old Lauquez Lincoln.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says two men in a Dodge Stratus approached a South Carolina Highway Patrol license checkpoint near the off-ramp of Cosgrove Avenue at Interstate 26 West in North Charleston around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

When troopers asked the driver to present his driver's license, deputies say the driver accelerated and began traveling down Azalea Avenue toward King Street Extension at a high speed. 

A Trooper followed in pursuit with his lights and sirens flashing and attempted to catch up to the suspect's vehicle. Other Troopers arrived at the scene moments later. During the chase, the driver of the Dodge lost control of the car and crashed into a fence near the entrance of Americast on Azalea Drive. Officials said the car caught fire.

Sheriff's deputies say Lincoln was pronounced dead on the scene.

Walker was rushed to the Medical University of South Carolina for life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Workers at the former Americast on Azalea Drive are sweeping up and surveying the damage from a fiery, deadly crash.  It brought down a brick wall and fence near the busy road.  Now, a makeshift memorial marks the tragic spot.

"You think it always happens someplace else.  Not where you work at, you know.  Just unbelievable," said Mike Troan, the the plant manager for CP&P.  

He arrived for work early Tuesday morning after learning what happened.  

"Come in here and survey what the damage was. Take some pictures of the damage. And then went up to look at our security footage to see if we had it on our camera. And we do," said Troan.

He says a small security camera recorded the crash. While he wouldn't share it with ABC News 4, he described what's on the video.

"It's kind of hard to see. But basically you see a car impacting the brick wall and the security fence we have here. And it caught on fire and about three seconds later it basically blew up," said Troan.

The Highway Patrol says an officer tried to put out the flames and pull both victims to safety, but it was too late. As the clean-up continues, employees are reminded of the fatal wreck.     

"Just an eery feeling. Sorry for the families for their loss," said Troan.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.

  • Bill Burr

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