A 9-year-old was killed and a 15-year-old injured during a police chase that began shortly before midnight on Saturday.
The chase began when Mount Airy Senior Police Officer Ryan Bennett observed a vehicle speeding on U.S. 52 south at 11:55 p.m, according to a statement released by the police department. Bennett turned around and tried to stop the vehicle at the U.S. 601 exit, but the driver kept going and “a brief pursuit ensued,” according to police.
Police said the chase continued from U.S. 601 onto Edgewood Drive, then onto Carter Street. As the vehicle proceeded on Carter Street the driver lost control, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree before coming to a stop partially submerged in the Ararat River.
The 9-year-old, a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, a 15-year-old, was treated and released from Northern Hospital of Surry County.
Police will not release the names of the two juveniles, nor the speed of the vehicle during the chase or at the time of the crash. A spokesperson at the police station indicated there was no one available today to answer additional questions regarding the wreck.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Members of the Surry County Emergency Services, The Mount Airy Fire Department, The Mount Airy Rescue Squad, The Surry County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol assisted with the incident.