GREENSBORO, N.C. — A woman was killed and another woman was seriously injured Tuesday after Greensboro Police said their vehicle crashed into trees while trying to flee from officers.
The wreck happened in the 600 block of Muirs Chapel Road shortly after 12:15 p.m. The wreck happened less than a mile from a credit union, where the driver, Angealize Kendall, 32, was suspected of committing fraud, police said.
Kendall was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, Aja Ellendy Stimers, 33, was taken to Moses Cone Hospital, with critical injuries, police said.
An employee at the State Employees Credit Union at 200 Muirs Chapel Road reported someone tried to use stolen ID to cash a check in the drive-thru, police said.
The first officer on the scene located a suspect vehicle, a dark-colored Mazda, and activated the car’s blue lights, police said.
After the lights were activated, Kendall fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed onto Muirs Chapel Road, police said. Kendall “necessitated a pursuit,” police said, after not responding to officers’ efforts to pull over.
Kendall continued to drive at a high rate of speed when it lost control around a curve and crashed into several trees, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
Brenda Newman lives near the crash site and saw the wreck happen.
“I got up to see what was going on outside, and just as I came out the door, the car hit the tree and made a huge impact that shook my house,” Newman said. “I’ve seen so many lose control and wind up across the street turned over. This is one of the worst–most unusual for a one-car (crash).”
Muirs Chapel Road was closed for a few hours between Meade Drive and Penn Wynn Drive as police investigated. As is standard procedure, police are conducting an internal investigation to determine if proper procedures were followed.