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Driver in high-speed pursuit fatally struck by vehicle after running across I-26

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A driver who led authorities on a high-speed chase was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 26 after attempting to run from Charleston County sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for reckless driving around 1 a.m. May 16 near Ashley Phosphate Road and I-26, department spokesman Andrew Knapp said. 

The vehicle sped off east on the interstate before turning around and heading west, Knapp said. Stop sticks helped end the pursuit on westbound I-26 near the Ashley Phosphate Road exit, but the driver ran from the vehicle. 

He was fatally struck by a vehicle near the connector to U.S. Highway 52 while attempting to cross traffic, Knapp said. 

Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal identified the man as 27-year-old Ladarrius Christian, a resident of Memphis, Tenn. O'Neal said Christian died at the scene from blunt-force injuries. 

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the death. 

It was the second pursuit by sheriff's deputies over the weekend that ended in a suspect's death. 

On May 14, two suspects in a shooting investigation on Johns Island died after their vehicle struck a tree during a pursuit. 

The Charleston County Coroner's Office identified them on May 16 as Carlos Conde Hernandez, 20, and Ernesto Guevara, 17. Both men were from the Charleston area, she said.

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