Traffic Stop Turned Deadly

Crash at Davis Rd. and SC20

Stacie Bartro
August 12, 2020 - 9:13 am
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Greenville County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop on a 2019 Kia around 4:30pm Tuesday in the Piedmont community.

According to Lt. Jimmy Bolt with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Deputies originally conducted the stop for a traffic violation on Stables Road near Sagittarius Way.

"A deputy conducted a traffic stop on Stables Road near Sagitairus Way for a traffic violation. As the deputy exited his patrol car and began his approach, the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The deputy did not engage in a vehicle pursuit and let the suspect vehicle get completely out of sight before he drove off.

Other deputies who were working in that same area came across the collision that had occurred on Highway 20.

Deputies rendered first aid to all of the injured.

One deputy who is a certified paramedic performed advanced life-saving measures on the most critically injured.

A witness reported last night on a local channel that he had heard shots being fired. There were no shots fired during this incident.  

The SC Highway Patrol is investigating this collision."  (Lt. Jimmy Bolt with the SCHP)


The driver, attempting to elude law enforcement according to Cpl. Matt Southern with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, then took off southbound on Davis Road.   

Cpl. Matt Southern reports the driver of the Kia then disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of SC 20, Piedmont Highway, and was struck by a GMC SUV.

The driver of the GMC and a passenger in the Kia were transported to Prisma Health for injuries. 

The driver of the Kia, identified by the Greenville County Coroner as 35 year old Nicholas Lee Holmes of Greenville, died while in route to the hospital.

None of the victims were wearing a seatbelt.

The crash is still under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, MAIT.




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