2 dead after fleeing Highway Patrol license check

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 formerAmericast on Azalea Drive are sweeping up and surveying the damage from afiery, deadly crash.{} It brought down a brick wall and fence near the busyroad.{} Now, a makeshift memorial marks the tragic spot.

"You think it alwayshappens someplace else.{} Not where you work at, you know.{} Justunbelievable," said Mike Troan, the{}the plant manager forCP&P. {}

He arrived for workearly Tuesday morning after learning what happened. {}

"Come in here and surveywhat the damage was. Take some pictures of the damage. And thenwent up to look at our security footage to see if we had it on ourcamera. And we do," said Troan.

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

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

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

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

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.