Lexington County deputies investigating deadly crash that ended pursuit

A Lexington man was killed in a single-car crash after he initiated a pursuit with a South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services officer April 14.

“The South Carolina Department of Public Safety asked us to investigate the crash because one of its officers was involved,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Deputies conducted the preliminary phase of their investigation on the scene at Longs Pond Road near Roscoe Road.”

The man killed in the crash has been identified as 20-year-old Dwayne Alfonso Reed Jr., according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Deputies said Reed was the only person in the car.

“Reed was pronounced dead at the scene and was still in the vehicle when deputies arrived,” Koon said. “Reed initiated a pursuit with the DPS officer when he refused to stop for the officer, who had turned on his blue lights and siren, on I-20 just before the Longs Pond Road exit.”

The officer was trying to stop Reed for speeding and reckless driving, according to Koon.

“All the preliminary information we’ve gathered indicates Reed’s car was traveling at a very high rate of speed when he lost control and drove off the right side of the road and struck two trees,” Koon said.

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