(GREENVILLE)- Under the direction of Chief Ken Miller following FOIA requests from multiple media outlets, the Greenville Police Department (GPD) is releasing several documents, recordings, and video footage relevant to fully understanding the July 18, 2018 vehicle crash at Parker at Cone Apartments, located at Parker Cone Way in Greenville, following a brief pursuit by GPD officers.
GPD officers located and began pursuing a 2007 Mercedes-Benz, which was reported stolen earlier in the shift. The crash and subsequent fire was caused by the fleeing vehicle after it crested over a hill on Cedar Lane Road and failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway at approximately 2:45 a.m.
The suspect, Alexander Maurice Hill, 31, of the 400 block of Hagood Street in Greenville, left the roadway at a high rate of speed and struck a bicyclist who was on the sidewalk headed in the same direction. The vehicle traveled down an embankment, made contact with a brick dumpster retaining wall, and began to roll multiple times, uprooting trees and light poles in the apartment complex, before impacting and coming to rest at apartment 1114.
Today’s release includes the 9-1-1 call for the theft of the vehicle, officer radio traffic, complete videos of the pursuit, footage of the initial response to the collision, and video of the bicyclist to the point that there is no added value of additional video coverage, complete video of the collision incident from the apartment complex surveillance camera (which captures the collision with the bicyclist through to impact with the apartment), the printed call for service log, and the redacted incident reports.
This release includes edited video footage to include Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage. Although BWC footage is not a public record subject to disclosure under the FOIA per S.C. Code § 23-1-240(g), Chief Miller has determined that the release of portions of this footage satisfies the interests of transparency in order to maintain public confidence and trust.
Portions of these videos are extremely graphic. Additionally, videos that are redundant or may compromise law enforcement’s ability to fully investigate and prosecute this case are not being distributed in this release. These videos include edits to portions of the footage and audio to protect personal privacy, ensure compliance with FOIA, and to omit explicit content.
At this stage of the investigation by both the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the GPD, it appears that officers acted properly and within Department policy. They clearly were responsible for lifesaving actions in the aftermath of the crash.
The bicyclist suffered a severed left foot. Officers applied a tourniquet to prevent excessive blood loss until EMT personnel arrived on-scene. The injury required an amputation above the knee. The victim remains in an area medical facility. The elderly woman in the apartment suffered a laceration to the forehead and contusions to her body when debris came into her bedroom as the vehicle struck the wall. She was transported to an area medical facility with minor injuries and was released later the day of the crash.
The suspect was located and arrested inside the living room of the victim’s apartment. He suffered a broken wrist, a broken ankle, and a cracked vertebrae. He was transported to an area medical facility, where he remains under 24-hour GPD guard.
Hill is a habitual offender with a long list of offenses to include criminal domestic violence, trespassing, assault and battery high and aggravated, lynching, and multiple misdemeanors. Previously, he has been cited numerous times for traffic violations to include speeding, hit-and-run, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Hill was driving with a suspended license, for which he has been charged previously on several occasions.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged the driver with Failure to Stop Resulting in Great Bodily Injury. The GPD has charged Hill with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Summary of Released Videos
Collectively, there are 73-minutes of video footage, which substantially covers the entirety of the major interactions with the victims and suspect.
This video is from the apartment complex and shows the collision, a 10-second gap before the first patrol car passes at around the 1:30 mark, until Pustizzi finds the crash and pulls over to investigate.