Driver, passenger in fatal chase charged

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013



The woman who was driving a stolen Lexus during a fatal April 3 chase on Foster Creek Road has been charged along with the surviving passenger.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Hanahan Police Department have charged Shaylynn Nichole Capers, 17, with the following:
• Failure to stop for blue light resulting in death, bond set at $400,000
• Two counts of homicide by reckless driving caused by injury from vehicle, bond set at $80,000 per charge
• Receiving stolen goods, $2,130
• Possession or disposal of stolen vehicle valued $10,000 or more, bond set at $40,000
The combined bonds set for Capers’ current charges total $602,130.
Capers attempted to flee the blue lights of a Hanahan Police Department patrol car. Minutes later she accelerated to estimated speeds of 100 mph and crashed into trees and a fence, flipping the vehicle.
Martin Pinckney, 18, and Patrick Graham, 19, both of North Charleston, died as a result of the crash.
Surviving passenger Jimarie Travis Whitehead, 19, of Charleston, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle (bond set at $50,000) and possession of stolen goods $2,000 or less (bond set at $2,130), according to HPD Lt. Michael Fowler and information on the Hill-Finklea Detention Center website.
HPD is working on connecting Capers and Whitehead to a series of burglaries that occurred in Hanahan days prior to the accident, according to Fowler.
The 2011 Lexus was stolen from a North Charleston address on Halifax Drive, according to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report dating the vehicle theft on March 30 between 10:20 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.
The complainant said his residence was recently broken into and his Lexus keys were stolen. A witness said the vehicle backed into another parked vehicle as it was backing out.
Further investigation led officers to a video showing two black males attempting to retrieve stolen property from a Halifax Way residence. There was also a taxi in the video, according to the report.
Officers spoke with the taxi driver, Michelle Pinckney, who said one of the males was her brother and she does not know the name of the other male. She said that night was the last time she saw her brother, according to the report.
She drove the two males to a Windsor Hill residence, they got out and ran behind the residence. A short time later they returned, got in her vehicle and returned to her residence, according to the report.
On April 5 a DCSO investigator spoke with Capers at the Medical University of South Carolina. She said she got involved with Martin Pinckney when she was hanging out with some friends in Hunter’s Ridge on March 30 and needed a ride to a friend’s birthday party, according to the report.
She said Pinckney told her he had access to his mother’s car. She doubted him until he showed her a Lexus key, she told investigators. They walked to a white house with green shutters, got in the car and drove off, Capers told DCSO investigators. Capers said she and a friend were dropped off at a bar called The 50 Yard Line off Dorchester Road.
Capers said she saw Pinckney again the night of April 3. She said she and her friend “Phresh” Whitehead were in Ridgeville and needed a ride back to Charleston. They called Pinckney who said he still had his mother’s car and would pick them up, according to the report.
Capers said Pinckney showed up in the gold Lexus and they headed toward Hanahan. Capers said she had no knowledge of the burglaries. She said she believed Pinckney had legal access to the Lexus and did not know it was stolen.
The DCSO case was closed pending new or additional information. The HPD investigation continues.

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