Speed deemed factor in fatal crash during Horry County police chase

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Speed was a factor in the death of a Myrtle Beach man who was being pursued by a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper earlier this week near North Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.

Bryan Lamm, 25, of Myrtle Beach was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday’s crash from multiple traumas, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said.

“Speed was certainly a factor,” Horry County Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Benton said.

Authorities estimated Lamm was going in excess of 90 mph on a straight stretch along Long Bay Road, which is not paved, Benton said.

“He was going so fast the trooper didn’t see the accident,” Benton said. “At that speed, down a narrow dirt road, it appears he lost control of the car.”

It was unclear why Lamm refused to stop for the trooper to address the traffic violation, Benton said.

Lamm’s driver’s license was suspended and he had a previous criminal record that included reckless driving and driving under the influence charges.

A trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday that disregarded a traffic signal or sign on S.C. 22 at S.C. 90, Cpl. Sonny Collins said.

Horry County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the crash because the trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was a 2003 Volkswagen, Benton said. The crash occurred at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday on Long Bay Road near Water Lilly Road, which is off of S.C. 90. The trooper was not involved in the crash.

S.C. Department of Public Safety officials are conducting an internal review to examine the trooper’s actions in the pursuit, Collins said.

“We have an internal review for every pursuit, no matter the outcome,” Collins said.

Before engaging in a pursuit, troopers have policies and procedures to follow such as considering the safety of the public, the population of the area, weather and road conditions at the time of the incident.

The area where the crash occurred is not a heavy populated region, Benton said.

Lamm is survived by his parents and a son, according to an online obituary. Dozens had left their condolences for his family.

“Bryan’s main love was his son, Rylan, along with the love of his life, Cassie. They were his pride and joy. He enjoyed surfing and his dogs. Both brought him a lot of peace,” the obituary read. “He had a gorgeous contagious smile, which will be terribly missed by so many.”

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