Harris County officials have released more details about the Sunday afternoon high-speed chase that ended with the fleeing driver dying in fiery crash.
Officials with the Georgia State Patrol still are investigating the Sunday afternoon incident that led to the death of 33-year-old Curtis Cornell Walters.
Deputy Kyle Williams was headed southbound on Interstate 185 around 11:29 a.m. Sunday to assist in a traffic stop when a green Acura passed his patrol vehicle in the left lane. A check through the Georgia Crime Information Center’s system indicated the car was not registered and the tag belonged to a 2005 Dodge Neon.
Williams initiated a traffic stop on the Acura north of the Harris County line but still within the jurisdiction. He said that’s when the driver sped up and exited on Smith Road.
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The deputy notified 911 dispatch that he was in a high-speed chase. He asked them to inform Deputy Robert Davis, who was in the area.
Williams continued to pursue the driver as the man allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection on Smith Road and sped onto the Smith Road ramp toward I-185 southbound.
While on the ramp, the fleeing driver allegedly attempted to pass a vehicle in the emergency lane to the right. Williams said that’s when he lost control of the Acura and struck a tree on the left side of the roadway.
The deputy informed dispatch the driver had crashed.
Williams said the man was pinned inside the vehicle and not responding to verbal commands when he approached him. Another driver and Davis arrived on the scene and helped Williams pull the man out of the car, which was engulfed in flames at the time.
Officials then identified the driver as Walters and discovered he had 25 license suspension violations. He was transported to Midtown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 p.m. Sunday of apparent blunt-force trauma.