( 4UMF NEWS ) High Speed Drug Chase Kills 7-Year-Old:
The mother of a 7-year-old girl thrown from a vehicle during a crash on Interstate 85 is facing six charges related to the chase.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tony Ivey said Wednesday night that Errika Dominique Shelton faces six charges resulting from the incident: failure to stop for blue light resulting in death, driving under suspension third and subsequent, unlawful neglect of a child, reckless driving, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and habitual traffic offender.
According to a written statement from the sheriff’s office, deputies initially received information from friends and family that the child, Queniya Tykia Shelton, was Errika Shelton’s niece. Shortly before the girl’s death, however, investigators learned Errika Shelton was the child’s biological mother.
At a news conference earlier this week, Sheriff Chuck Wright said two deputies inside one car pursued Shelton’s vehicle after they noticed erratic driving and initiated a traffic stop on I-85 Monday morning. Wright said the suspected traffic violation was following too close or improperly changing lanes.
Wright said the chase topped speeds of 100 mph and continued for a couple of miles.
The pursuit ended after Shelton lost control of the 2012 Dodge Journey she was driving and struck the guardrail in the northbound lane near the 81 mile marker.
That is just crazy. How could a mother be that reckless with her own child’s life???