Originally created 09/09/06

Car chase kills sex offender, hurts boy



WALTERBORO, S.C. - A registered sex offender was killed and a 14-year-old boy injured when an SUV crossed the median and slammed into an 18-wheeler on Interstate 95 after a police chase, authorities said.

Adam Mauro, 27, of Pelham, N.Y., died at the scene Thursday, state Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.

"He didn't appear to be avoiding oncoming traffic ... and we believe this was intentional," Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Ted Stanfield said.

The 14-year-old boy from Stamford, Conn., was ejected from the SUV and listed in stable condition at the Medical University of South Carolina. He had been reported missing from his home but no Amber Alert had been issued, Deputy Stanfield said.

The Lexus sport utility vehicle, reported stolen from Mr. Mauro's father's house this week, was going about 70 mph, authorities said.

Mr. Mauro was a friend of the boy's father and drove off with him Wednesday, but police are not calling the case a kidnapping, said Capt. Richard Conklin, of the Stamford detective bureau. Lance Cpl. Brouthers said the boy might have been a victim of Mr. Mauro, a former teacher's aide.

The 18-wheeler was driven by Timothy Marcam, 48, of Tony, Wis., who tried to swerve, police said. Mr. Marcam was not injured.

Deputy Stanfield said the Lexus plowed over the cable barrier into the northbound lane.