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Cary Crash Victim Dies

Posted October 6, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Cary man becomes the second person to die after a multi-vehicle car crash stemming from a Friday night police chase.

Dwayne Crump, 32, died Sunday evening at Wake Medical Center. His wife, Angela, and their two children, Allison and Bryan, are in stable condition. One of the children was thrown from the wan upon impact.

The crash occurred after 27-year-old Anthony Johnson led law officers on a 3-county chase that at times reached speeds of 100 mph. Johnson died shortly after the crash.

A third car hit by Johnson was driven by Ian Small. His airbag inflated, and he was not seriously injured.

Officers had tried to stop Johnson twice through use of "stop sticks,' which, when driven over, deflate a car's tires. He was speeding so fast, however, that he shot through the intersections just seconds before an advance team of officers could toss the stop sticks onto the pavement.

Johnson had been convicted three years ago in Orange County of manslaughter, following another high-speed chase. At the time of his death, he was wanted for violating probation.

Officers said the Camaro he was driving had been reported stolen in August from a Smithfield car dealership.

The chase began on Interstate 40 near Raleigh-Durham International Airport about 8 p.m. Friday when Johnson was spotted driving in excess of 100 mph. Officers followed him as he took NC 55 south, then N.C. 54, and wound up on U.S. 64. The multi-car accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 64 with Laura Duncan Road in Apex.

Highway Patrol troopers say they were backing off from the chase as it neared the heavily traveled intersection. A Highway Patrol spokesman said the pursuing troopers followed proper chase procedures.

Traffic was diverted from that section of U.S. 64 for several hours after the crash.