SCHP: Two dead following police chase in Hanahan

Shaylynn Nichole Capers

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two people are dead following a Wednesday night crash on Foster Creek Road and Hanahan police believe they may be involved in a string of burglaries.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny Collins, four people were in a vehicle being chased by Hanahan Police. Collins said that vehicle went off the road, the driver over-corrected and the vehicle flipped, ejecting three of the passengers.

Two of the passengers were killed and two others rushed to the hospital.

Pronounced dead on the scene by Coroner Bill Salisbury was 19-year-old Patrick Graham of North Charleston.{}

Salisbury said the second victim, 18-year-old Martin Pinckney of North Charleston, was taken to Medical University Hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital.{}

Both were passengers in the vehicle, a 2011 Lexus, and were ejected. Salisbury reports they were not wearing their seatbelts and died from head and body trauma.

The accident is under investigation by the Berkeley County Coroner's Office and the SC Highway Patrol.

According to Hanahan police, an officer was on patrol near Tanner Plantation when he tried to stop the gold Lexus for flashing high beam headlights at him. The license plate check on the Lexus came back as a different stolen vehicle.

The police report says the suspect fled at the sight of blue lights, and the chase ran through the Ibis Glade subdivision and down Foster Creek Road.

Officers say, at one point, the passenger door of the suspect's car opened as if the passenger was trying to bail out and several mailboxes were hit.

Police say once the car crashed into a wooded field at the end of the road, Graham and Pinckney were ejected.

The officer found the driver, 17-year-old Shaylynn Nichole Capers, hanging out of the window, screaming. Graham was 30 feet from the car with a large tree branch near his head which was crushed. Pinckney was found about 40 feet from the car lying on his stomach with multiple wounds visible.

Another person in the car, 19-year-old Jimarie Travis Whitehead was found in a nearby subdivision and was taken to MUSC with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say they caught up with him because he had knocked on the door of a Lanier Street home and asked to use the phone because he had just been in an accident.

Capers was also taken to MUSC for non life threatening injuries and is wanted by Dorchester County authorities for unspecified charges.

Officers say they found a loaded Berretta .9mm pistol in the Graham's waistband and that a burglary report was taken by HPD on April 3 from a residence in Tanner Plantation where a Berretta pistol was reported stolen.

Investigators also found a second handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, inside the car which was listed as being stolen, along with the Berretta and a third handgun, from the same burglary.

Multiple additional items of stolen property were found in and around the vehicle. The vehicle itself was also confirmed as stolen out of Dorchester County.

An open bottle of wine was also found in the car.

The Hanahan Police Department is charging Capers with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren, and Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle.

The SCHP charged Capers with two counts of reckless homicide.