SC teen dies after police chase

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 2:01 PM
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WESTMINSTER, S.C. — A Seneca teen has died after he crashed a car during a police chase.

Coroner Karl Addis says 14-year-old Jesse Logan Hannah died at the Oconee Medical Center shortly before 5 a.m. Friday.

Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder says Hannah and three other teens were traveling on state Highway 24 when a Westminster police officer tried to pull them over shortly before 3:30 a.m. just east of Westminster.

Elder says the teens drove off and the officer chased them. The car ran off the road and overturned. Hannah and two 16-year-old males were thrown from the vehicle. A fourth teen in the vehicle was not hurt.

There was no word on the condition of the two teens who were hurt.

Addis said an autopsy was planned Friday.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/29/13 - 04:29 pm
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What was the reason for the

What was the reason for the initial stop?

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rmwhitley 11/29/13 - 04:51 pm
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What was

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a 14 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle at 3:30 a.m.? God bless his soul and his family but he wasn't up to any good.

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Darby 11/29/13 - 06:35 pm
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"What was the reason for the initial stop?"

What on earth was the reason to run? And fourteen years old? Why was he even driving (unsupervised) with a car load of teenagers?

Nothing here but a whole bunch on unanswered questions.

Another wasted life, full of potential.

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itsanotherday1 11/29/13 - 07:31 pm
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@ 3:30 in the morning no

@ 3:30 in the morning no less.

It will be interesting to see what details follow this sad story. Can't imagine the grief of the family.

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willie Lee 11/29/13 - 07:34 pm
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STUPID A** COPS!!!

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We now have a grieving family and the death of a young man because some stupid cop did not have enough sense to approach the situation like he had some sense. A 14 year old should not have been driving, especially at this time of the night, so the cop is supposed to have the appropriate training to handle this situation so it does not escalate into a high speed chase. This cops day was probably made when the car failed to stop because he then got to "go fast" and chase down the bad guy! When the "blue lights" are turned on a young driver, if a chase occurs, the officer is supposed to follow, but do so without the lights so the child will slow down, not chase him to his death.

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teaparty 11/29/13 - 07:57 pm
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"When the "blue lights" are

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"When the "blue lights" are turned on a young driver, if a chase occurs, the officer is supposed to follow, but do so without the lights so the child will slow down, not chase him to his death."
willie, are you an expert on police procedures?

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JRC2024 11/29/13 - 09:27 pm
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Really Willie.

Really Willie.

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fatboyhog 11/29/13 - 09:54 pm
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Willie Lee

How, pray tell, would an officer know the age of a driver? And, could you cite this SC policy/law? You have the unmitigated gall to call the "cops" a stupid ***. Pot, meet kettle.

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rational thought trumps emotion 11/30/13 - 12:50 am
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The Great Thing About America Mr. Lee...

Is that even the most ignorant and uneducated can provide an opinion no matter how ridiculous. When an individual speeds for whatever reason, to include attempting to elude the police, he/she is placing their self and others in danger. Even when police fail to pursue or stop a pursuit, individuals often continue to drive erratically, dangerously and place others in danger. The police do not ever initiate a pursuit as that is done by the fleeing driver failing to obey our laws. In most cases, the driving behavior that caught the attention of the officer was already placing others in danger and/or the vehicle is wanted in connection to some other criminal activity.

As for why we have a grieving family, the blame is to be placed squarely on the driver of the vehicle although I would question the parents as to why such young teenagers were out riding around at such hours and why they fail to obey the law. As for the officer, when pursuing, he has no option of turning off his lights and siren as suggested in a previous post but most everything stated in that post was sure idiocy anyway.

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geecheeriverman 11/30/13 - 06:28 am
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White or black

I guess the next question from willie lee will be, are they white or black? If they are black, look out for the race hustlers!!

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myfather15 11/30/13 - 06:53 am
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Rational thought summed it up pretty darn well.

That was a ridiculously uneducated opinion spouted by Willie Lee. First, Mr. Lee is assuming the cop knew exactly how old the driver is; which just proves Mr. Lee has absolutely no clue what he is talking about.

"When the "blue lights" are turned on a young driver, if a chase occurs, the officer is supposed to follow, but do so without the lights so the child will slow down, not chase him to his death."

This is probably one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever seen!! "Supposed to follow" Mr. Lee? According to whom? Not Georgia law!! Plus, the fact you believe this would "Slow down" the driver, once again shows you have no clue what you're talking about. Case after Case has shown that whether police remain behind them with lights on or not; fleeing driver's do not slow down until they reach a destination where they feel secure. Plus, Georgia law actually REQUIRES us to always have blue lights on when doing a traffic stop; not turn them off and follow them!! If you're going to turn your lights off, you had better turn your car around and not go after them period. Because it doesn't matter if they are doing 55 mph, if YOU are behind them, knowing they WERE fleeing or NOT STOPPING, then they hit someone; hurting or killing them, with YOU still behind them WITHOUT EMERGENCY WARNING LIGHTS ON, the victims will own you!!

But keep making comments Willlie, you're making us all look more intelligent.

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