Woman Dead After Car Chase With Highway Patrol In Concord

A 22-year-old woman has died after a chase with North Carolina troopers ended in a fiery wreck.

Multiple media outlets report that Jasmine Wright pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Friday night in Concord.

The Highway Patrol says Wright was the passenger in a car that troopers tried to pull over on Interstate 485 in Mecklenburg County.

Troopers say they began chasing Keyone Joel after clocking his speed at 82 mph. Authorities say he drove at least 100 mph while they chased him.

Joel turned onto another road and hit an incline. The car overturned, then hit a ditch and a tree. He was flown to Carolinas Medical Center and listed in critical condition.

Troopers didn't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. No charges have been filed.


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  • by Carley Location: Greenville on Jan 10, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    B...that is the dumbest crap I have ever heard. If you have a cop car behind you and you don't pull over, then it is on you. They are trying to do their job. Just because some punk didn't want to pull over, doesn't mean that the cop following him should get charged. Wake up and grow up!
  • by tm Location: kinston on Jan 10, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    "B" i know we all have a freedom a speech but you make yourself look ignorant. please exercise your fifth amendment and use your right to remain silent!!!!!
  • by B on Jan 10, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    That is the dumbest comment of the week. The cop tried to stop him. He ran. The fault is with the runner. You just hate the police, wonder why?
  • by B Location: NC on Jan 10, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    Would he wrecked if the cops were not chasing him probably not, so the cop should be charged with murder..
  • by Officer1 Location: NC on Jan 10, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    From WSOCTV.COM ... Investigators are still trying to figure out why Joel decided to run. Eyewitness News learned the Chevy Cavalier he was driving was reported stolen in Charlotte on Saturday and neither of the victims had a valid driver's license. Joel also had a prior arrest for cocaine on 4/8/09. Those are the reasons he ran!
  • by jeff Location: winterville on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    If the cops are on your trail, you WILL get caught. Just pull over and save everyone some grief. This woman was way too young and was defenseless against the driver's actions.
  • by CB on Jan 9, 2010 at 06:57 PM
    She was my cousin, and yes ths man should have pulled ouver. Now her mother and and the rest of my family has to deal with this lost. Jasmine was too young to die.
  • by Jasmine Location: Gville on Jan 9, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    Folks, what is so hard about pulling over. The driver of this vehicle should now be charged with murder for running from the police and killing his passenger.
  • by dude you are an Location: idiot on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    seriously dont think that the possibility of going to jail was worth losing the passengers life over. when will people ever learn!
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