Chase survivors facing charges
The mangled car was hardly recognizable as it wove between pine trees in a violent and deadly end to a Hanahan police chase Wednesday night.
The wreck claimed two teenage lives, but it spared two others, both of whom now face the road to recovery and criminal charges.
The 17-year-old driver evaded police about 10 p.m., whipping through residential Tanner Plantation at speeds up to 100 mph before wrecking on one of the community’s wooded back roads.
The girl behind the wheel of the gold 2011 Lexus, Shaylynn Nichole Capers, of Ballantine Drive in Summerville, was charged Friday night by the S.C. Highway Patrol with two counts of reckless homicide. If convicted, Capers faces up to 10 years in prison on each felony charge and losing her license for five years.
She was released from the hospital earlier in the day and was expected to be booked into the Berkeley County jail. She also faces charges of failure to stop for blue lights, possession of stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property.
One of the vehicle’s passengers, Jimarie Travis Whitehead, 18, of Continental Court in North Charleston, fled the wreckage on foot but was picked up by police after he wandered to a nearby subdivision and asked one of its residents for help.
Whitehead was released from the hospital Thursday, police said.
He had a bond hearing Friday morning on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen goods, according to jail records. A judge set Whitehead’s total bail at $52,103, according to the jail.
Two of the vehicle’s passengers were ejected and killed. Patrick Graham, 19, and Martin Pinckney, 18, were from North Charleston. They died from head and body trauma, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.
Hanahan police were patrolling Tanner Plantation because of several residential burglaries and car break-ins reported in the area, Lt. Michael Fowler said. The vehicle, several guns and other items at the scene were reported stolen, police said.
All the vehicle’s passengers, but not the driver, had a criminal record leading into Wednesday’s incident.
Whitehead was convicted on a third-degree burglary charge in 2011 and marijuana possession in March, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.
He also was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, petty larceny, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, SLED records show.
Graham was convicted on a strong-arm robbery charge in 2010 and petty larceny in 2012, according to SLED records. He was arrested on a shoplifting charge in 2010, cocaine possession in 2011 and second-degree burglary in 2012.
Pinckney was arrested on a shoplifting charge in March, SLED records show. Capers was wanted on unspecified charges out of Dorchester County, police said.
One woman said Graham, Pinckney and Whitehead were attempting to turn their lives around before everything went sour.
The boys were members of a mentoring program through Essential Medical Resources, a prescription delivery service out of North Charleston.
The company’s executive director, Shonda Johnson, said she first reached out to the teens a little over a month ago. She and other local establishments encouraged them to develop business skills and plan for their futures, she said.
The teens used to participate in the program every day, but Johnson said she had not seen them for about a week.
“I guess we didn’t offer that fast street life they were after,” Johnson said. “Nothing is just going to fall in your lap. We were here to help them stay on the straight and narrow, but I guess that didn’t work.”
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