A woman whose car was hit by a driver on Center Church Road as he attempted to get away from a Lee County deputy died Monday afternoon, the Highway Patrol said.
Lois Simmons, 86, of Sanford, was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after she airlifted from the wreck site at U.S. 1, Tramway and Center Church roads, according to Sgt. I.J. Cooper.
The crash happened about 12:30 p.m., Cooper said.
A Lee County deputy traveling east on Tramway Road, headed toward Sanford, saw a westbound Buick LeSabre traveling at a high rate of speed, according to Cooper.
The deputy turned around, intending to stop the speeding vehicle, but the driver, Clifton Donyell McIver Jr., 19, of 3131 Carbonton Road, accelerated and sped away, traveling east, toward U.S. 1, Cooper said.
Investigators have determined that McIver was traveling at least 80 mph, Cooper said.
As McIver’s car crossed the intersection onto Center Church Road, he lost control and the vehicle slammed head-on into a Honda Accord driven by Simmons, Cooper said.
The Buick then spun around, hitting a Honda sport utility vehicle with the back end before coming to a stop and bursting into flames, Cooper said.
McIver and an unidentified passenger made it safely out of the Buick.
The SUV driver and a passenger in her vehicle declined medical assistance, Cooper said.
McIver has been charged by the sheriff’s office with felony speeding to elude arrest and possessing a stolen firearm.
The gun was found inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Highway Patrol is conferring with the District Attorney to determine what other charges McIver will face, Cooper said.