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Salisbury Police Chase Ends With 15-Year-Old Driver Dead

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The site on Camden Avenue where the crash happened on Thursday. (Photo: WBOC) The site on Camden Avenue where the crash happened on Thursday. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- A police chase in a Salisbury residential area ended up with a 15-year-old driver dead.

Police say it happened around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, when officers tried to make a traffic stop in Camden Avenue near North Boulevard, just blocks away from the Salisbury University campus.

Authorities said that when the boy did not stop, police chased the car along Camden Avenue which has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour. 

Police said the teen ended up crashing into a mailbox, then hitting a pole and eventually coming to a halt in the front yard of a house near Pine Bluff Road.

The boy was pronounced dead at Peninsula Medical Regional Center.

On Friday morning all there was left was shattered glass, skid marks, a magnet decal and a jack in the front yard of the home.

"We heard some sirens and a boom and then there was a huge fireball," Said Ginger Woodhull, whose mailbox was damaged from the crash, "we saw kind of a yellow white flash and then the lights went out. We thank god for protection that none of us were harmed." 

Michael Toll, who is a Salisbury University student, lives right across the street from where the driver crashed.

He said that high-speed chases aren't meant for narrow streets, especially on Camden Avenue where students congregate. 

"I always see off campus the kids who sit in circles and smoke hookahs or tobacco and they are always out in the corners," Toll said. "But I'm just thinking if they are flying down Camden, they could easily hit them or something crazy like that."

Toll's roommate, Matthew King, said that he may have to think twice about when and where he can walk without worrying

"Yeah, it doesn't make me feel very safe," King said. "We always walk around here and walk to places we thought were safety until you hear stuff like this and now I don't feel comfortable anymore."

Salisbury Police Chief Barbra Duncan said the department is working on notifying the teen's family.  

Duncan said the department is also not yet releasing many details as to what led to the chase since the case is still under investigation.

WBOC asked Duncan about the policy of police chases in Salisbury and she said, "We have the first one where the individual is attempting to flee apprehension for the commission of a felony and fails to obey the direction of the police officer and if the individual continues their actions and it constitutes a danger to human life."

She said that one officer involved in the chase is on administrative leave, while two other officers are placed on suspended status as the investigation continues.

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