(SAVANNAH) A Savannah woman died a half-block from her home Wednesday afternoon after a driver, some say was being chased by police, plowed into her vehicle at the intersection of Maupas Avenue and Harmon Steet. The Georgia State Patrol is leading the investigation. GSP Trooper First Class, Chris Cuddington says it was a fiery crash, as the striking vehicle caught fire in the moments following the impact. Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, say she lived on 40th Street and raised her children there. She was returning from the grocery store at time of the accident.
Cuddington says the striking vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it blew through a stop sign at the intersection, slamming into the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, pushing it into a tree, and finally coming to rest in the yard of a home on the southwest corner of the intersection. He says the driver of the striking vehicle exited his car as it caught fire and tried to flee on foot. He was apprehended, arrested, and taken to the hospital for medical treatment. There’s no word on the extent of his injuries. The on-scene investigation lasted nearly 6 hours, but Cuddington tells reporters just before 10:00 p.m. he can not confirm that there was a chase by an unmarked police vehicle leading up to the deadly wreck. “We are hearing the same thing.” said Cuddington. He did add that investigators are looking into it and he confired the victim died at the scene. WSAV will share more information as it is shared by police.