Richland County Coroner identifies victim following fatal car chase

The Richland County Coroner Rutherford released the name of the individual who died after being hit by another driver.
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Courtesy of Richland County Sheriff’s Department/ Shylek Pringle

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)–The Richland County Coroner Rutherford released the name of the individual who died after being hit by another driver. Shylek Pringle, 23, was involved in a high speed pursuit with deputies when the fatal collision occurred.

The victim is identified as Ernest Kenner, 74, of Columbia, say authorities.

Sheriff Lott issued the following statement: “I am extremely frustrated at yet another example of catch and release,” he said. “This innocent man was just going about his day and now he’s gone.”

It was previously reported a  Traffic Safety Unit deputy was conducting enforcement on Dec. 2 just before 8 a.m. in the 1000 block of Zimalcrest Drive when Shylek Pringle sped through the school zone, say authorities.

Pringle led the responding deputy on a short distance chase and drove into oncoming traffic where he struck another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say Pringle was out on four separate bonds from multiple agencies. He’s previously had drug and weapon charges and accessory after the fact to a felony.

The suspect is facing multiple charges including speeding in a school zone, unlawful possession, and driving under suspension from DUI.

Officials say no RCSD vehicles were involved in the collision. Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

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