Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol continued Wednesday to investigate a crash that killed a Myrtle Beach man who was being pursued by a trooper last month.
Police are also searching for a passenger in that crash, who is seen in a recently released highway patrol dash camera video jumping from the fleeing vehicle, according to patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.
Collins said the man jumped from the car about three minutes after its 25-year-old driver, Bryan Lamm, refused to stop for police. Police do not know the man’s identity, but they are searching for information about him and would like to speak with him, Collins said.
“We’ll be working on that until we figure out who he was,” Collins said Wednesday.
State troopers said the chase began during an attempted vehicle stop around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 21, on S.C. 22 at S.C. 90.
In the video, the vehicle, a 2003 Volkswagen, is seen slowing down along Star Bluff Road and the passenger jumps out and runs into a nearby wooded area during the pursuit on Jan. 21.
The trooper can be heard alerting other officers about the passenger, but they were not able to find him. Police determined speed was a factor in Lamm’s death. Lamm crashed his vehicle along Long Bay Road near Water Lilly Road. In the video the trooper can be heard saying he estimated Lamm’s vehicle was traveling about 100 mph along the dirt road before it crashed.
Lamm was pronounced dead at the crash scene from multiple traumas, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said.
“Speed was certainly a factor,” Horry County Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Benton said previously of the crash. “He was going so fast the trooper didn’t see the accident. … At that speed, down a narrow dirt road, it appears he lost control of the car.”
In the video, Lamm’s vehicle disappears around a curve and when it comes back into view, the vehicle is on its side with smoke coming from the front.
The vehicle was briefly on fire and troopers put it out before firefighters and other emergency crews arrived, the video showed. The trooper also can be heard telling another officer that there were two prior vehicle stops on that vehicle in September.
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. Horry County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the crash because it began during a trooper’s attempt to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle.
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