Police: Hanahan officer clocked Goose Creek driver going 95 mph before crash that injured 8

All six people inside this taxi van were injured after police say a Nissan Altima crashed into Saturday, Feb. 23. Photo courtesy of Neal Arrington.

A man breezed past a Hanahan patrol car at 95 mph before ending up in a crash that sent him and seven others to hospitals Saturday night, according to police.

Dennis Smalls, 24, of Goose Creek was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima on North Rhett Avenue from the direction of Hanahan toward Red Bank Road, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said. He went through a red light at the intersection and broadsided a taxi van carrying six passengers about 11:45 p.m., she said.

Charges have not been filed against Smalls but are likely, depending on his condition, Wyant said.

Smalls had just raced past a Hanahan police officer who clocked him on radar at 95 mph, Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler said. The officer drove off after Smalls but was never in pursuit, Fowler said.

The 2004 Honda van was carrying six passengers on Red Bank Road toward the Naval Weapons Station, Wyant said. One of the passengers was thrown from the van. All six were taken to hospitals for treatment. The taxi driver was not hospitalized.

Smalls, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Wyant said. An 18-year-old female passenger, who was also not wearing a seat belt, was also hospitalized, she said.

Smalls could also face charges from Hanahan police for failure to stop for a blue light, Fowler said.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.

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