Suspect ID in fatal Forest Acres car chase could be soon coming

Suspect ID in fatal Forest Acres car chase could be soon coming

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Officials in Richland County say they are getting closer to identifying a woman who died after crashing a car over the weekend.

Forest Acres police say the unknown woman was being pursued by one of the department's officers in a high-speed chase. She eventually hit a utility pole and the car to burst into flames.

The county coroner's office says it does have a strong lead at this point on who the driver may be. Officials say that came in part because of tips coming in from the public.

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According to a Forest Acres P.D. incident report, the car driven by the suspect was going in more than 100 mph at times before the crash. The wreck happened on Two Notch Road not far from where it meets West Beltline Boulevard.

Watts says they were able to get identifying characteristics from the suspect's teeth. The only problem was they didn't have a set of dental records to compare the information.

"You know, the officer speaking with him, if this turns out to be the individual we believe it is, he was surprised because he thought it was a male," Watts says. "And so we're dealing with a female not even a male. The information he had initially didn't match up to it either."

Watts says the other problem is it appears the car involved in the wreck did not belong to the woman who died. In similar cases, that usually is a way to find family members who can help with an ID.

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