A Greenville man who allegedly tried to flee from police was killed Wednesday night after the car he was in crashed into a utility pole on Torrington Road in Laurens.
Two other people in the same car suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to an area hospital.
The incident involving a chase with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office following an alleged theft occurred at 7:10 p.m., said SCHP Master Trooper David Jones.
Christopher Butler, 46, was killed in the crash, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Patti Canupp. An autopsy was to be performed Thursday morning.
Butler was traveling east with the car’s two other occupants on Torrington Road in a 1999 Toyota Corolla with a SCHP trooper in pursuit when the Corolla went off the right side of the road and struck the utility pole, Jones said.
Jones did not indicate which of the three occupants was driving the Toyota.
The SCHP is investigating the incident along with its Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.