A Myrtle Beach couple was killed in a crash after they fled from a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper early Wednesday.
According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard, 36-year-old Raymond Stallings and his wife, 28-year-old Kerri Stallings, died of multiple traumatic injuries.
The motorcycle collision happened about 1:45 a.m. on U.S. 17 Bypass near Robert Grissom Parkway and International Drive.
Cpl. Sonny Collins with SCHP said a trooper tried to stop two motorcycles traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. When the trooper activated his blue lights, the motorcycle the couple was on sped up and crashed “seconds later.”
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The Horry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.
Online records show Stallings pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge in 2015. He was sentenced to five years probation and had his driver’s license suspended.
The charge stems from Nov. 2014, when Stallings collided into a woman driving a Jeep who failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Robert Grissom Parkway and 38th Avenue N., The Sun News previously reported.
Kate Eason, 32, died Nov. 1 following the fiery crash that morning.
Police said Stallings’ Ford F-150 he was driving was traveling 91 mph on Robert Grissom Parkway, where the speed limit is 45 mph.
Although Stallings had the right-of-way when the crash happened, authorities determined he contributed to the wreck because of his excessive speed.
Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles