Driver killed after fleeing from police, crashing into tree in Hart County

A driver is dead, and an investigation is underway following a fatal crash Friday in Hart County. The Georgia State Patrol says the incident began when the driver fled from a road check on GA 77 at Bio Church Road south of Hartwell.

According to information released by Post 52 in Hartwell, the driver of a Nissan Frontier approached state troopers and Hart County deputies at the checkpoint shortly after 10 p.m. on Nov. 24. A deputy made contact with the driver and asked for their driver’s license. When the driver could not provide a license, the deputy asked them to pull into a nearby gas station parking lot.

“As the vehicle pulled into the gas station it failed to stop and fled onto GA 77 South at a high rate of speed, initiating a vehicle pursuit,” the Post says. “As a trooper and two deputies caught up to the vehicle, the vehicle left the roadway to the right, struck a tree, and caught on fire.”

The driver, who has still not been positively identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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