NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) officer was involved in a fatal collision Tuesday night while responding to a call.
The incident happened at the intersection of Dorchester Road and Scarsdale Avenue around 5:05 p.m.
South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the officer was driving a 2018 Dodge charger, which was unmarked, en route to a reported shooting on West Montague Avenue.
The officer was traveling westbound on Dorchester Road when he collided with a car making a left turn on Scarsdale Avenue.
The woman driving the other car died at the scene. The officer was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
Nicole Taylor works at Jamaican Jerk Hut on Dorchester Road and witnessed the crash.
“I heard a noise whistle by so I ran outside and saw a black car speeding down, and it hit a white car coming this way. It was like a turbo boost, the sound was so loud. He didn’t stop, slow down or anything. He just ran through the light and hit that car,” says Taylor.
Taylor says she did not realize it was a police officer in the car until she came outside of the restaurant. She says she saw the police officer go over to the woman in the other car after the crash, to check on her.
“As soon as he hit the car he jumped out, ran to the car, looked inside and he started crying. Another officer came behind the car and consoled him,” says Taylor.
The victim of the shooting that prompted the initial response was taken to the hospital. NCPD has not provided an update on his condition.
The victim was later identified by the Charleston County Coroner’s Office as 24-year-old Raudnesia Waring of North Charleston.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.