Coroner: Man involved in 100-mph car crash died Sunday

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -{}The Berkeley County Coroner said Sunday evening that the man involved in a high speed car crash last week died Sunday.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said 24-year-old Dennis Smalls, of Goose Creek, died before 3 p.m. Sunday from injuries he sustained in the crash that sent him and seven other people to the hospital.

Salisbury said the death was accidental.

Highway Patrol officials and Hanahan police said last week{}a car fleeing officers at speeds over{}100 mph Saturday night struck a taxi van, sending eight people to the hospital.

According to the Highway Patrol,{}the 2006 Nissan Altima was traveling westbound on the North Rhett Extension when the driver blew through the red{}light at Red Bank Road and T-boned a 2004 Honda van.

A police report states an officer checked the car's speed at 105 mph.

"The Nissan immediately caught fire and vaulted through the air before coming to rest at a tree in front of the Burger King at the intersection of Henry Brown Boulevard and Red Bank Road," the report states.

The driver of the Nissan, later identified as Smalls, appeared "grossly intoxicated," police said, adding that he was vomiting on himself as he tried to climb out of his vehicle.

The van was a taxi service vehicle with six passengers onboard. One person was ejected from the rear of the van, according to Hanahan police.

All six passengers from the van and two from the Nissan Altima were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Charges were pending against Smalls. Highway Patrol officials were waiting on him to recover before filing the charges.