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Police chase leaves one dead in Augusta



AUGUSTA, Ga. – One person is dead after a police chase early Sunday in Augusta, according to law enforcement officials.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit on Gordon Highway around 4 a.m.

The driver of the suspect vehicle drove through the parking lot of the Sprint gas station on Gordon Highway at Barton Chapel Road and struck the rear of a parked tractor-trailer. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire crews.

Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen identified the driver as Keean Smalls, 23, of Augusta. Smalls was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:55 a.m

An autopsy is scheduled Monday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Georgia State Patrol is the actively investigating this incident.

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