Alexander Maurice Hill, 31, of the 400 block of Hagood Street in Greenville, has been taken into custody for his involvement in stealing a vehicle, fleeing from police, and crashing into an apartment complex that left a bicyclist with a severed foot and a resident with minor injuries.
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.
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, which he has been charged with previously on several occasions.
Hill is expected to be charged with auto theft, failure to stop for blue lights, and driving under suspension. Other charges are anticipated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP).
The SCHP is conducting the collision investigation, and the GPD is conducting its own internal investigation, which is routine in traffic collisions involving vehicle pursuits.
Summary of Events
At approximately 2:41 a.m., Greenville Police Department (GPD) officers initiated a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle at College Street at Academy Street. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the shift from the QuikTrip gas station located at 100 Rutherford Street at around 8 p.m. on July 17, 2018. The driver of the stolen vehicle, 31-year-old Alexander Maurice Hill of the 400 block of Hagood Street in Greenville, fled outbound in the vicinity of Buncombe Street at Pete Hollis Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Officers lost sight of the vehicle and because the suspect vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed. GPD supervisors terminated the pursuit at approximately 2:44 a.m.
As officers were returning to the city limits, they noticed a fire at Parker at Cone Apartments, located at Parker Cone Way in Greenville. They determined the fire was caused by the fleeing vehicle, which crested over a hill on Pete Hollis Boulevard and failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway.
The suspect left the roadway at a high rate of speed and ran over a bicyclist who was on the sidewalk headed in the same direction. The vehicle traveled down an embankment, struck a brick retaining wall for dumpsters, and began to roll multiple times, which uprooted a couple of trees and light poles in the apartment complex before impacting apartment 1114.
Vehicle fluids ignited a fire in which residents, officers, and the Parker Fire Department quickly extinguished.
The bicyclist suffered a severed foot. Officers applied a tourniquet to prevent excessive blood loss until EMT personnel arrived on-scene. The injury required an amputation above the knee. His condition is listed as stable at an area medical facility.
An elderly woman in the apartment suffered a laceration to the forehead when debris came into her bedroom as the vehicle struck the wall. She was transported to an area medical facility with minor injuries and is listed as stable.
The suspect was found 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 and is listed as stable.
Residents in the immediate impact area were evacuated as a precaution. The apartment suffered significant damage at the point of impact and a few cars were damaged, too. There was minimal other damage outside the path of the vehicle.