Car That Killed Mansion Staffer was Traveling at 70MPH

6:54 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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Shyborn Belton (Image: Richland County Detention Center)

Cayce, SC (WLTX) - Cayce public safety officers say the car that hit and killed a member of the governor's mansion staff was traveling at 70 miles an hour when it struck his vehicle.

Officers released new details late Friday afternoon about the collision.

At 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers say a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Shyborn Belton of Columbia didn't stop when Cayce officers tried to pull him over on Knox Abbott Drive. The vehicle sped off, and officers say it reached an estimated speed of 70 miles an hour.

The vehicle then ignored a stop sign and collided at the intersection of Blossom and Huger Streets with a minivan driven by 48-year-old Chamberlain Branch. Belton's car then sideswiped a cab.

Both Branch and Belton died in the crash. Three passengers in Belton's car were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Chamberlain was the governor's mansion complex supervisor. More Coverage: Governor's Mansion Staffer Killed in Collision

After the collision, officers determined Belton's car had been stolen, and that he was driving under suspension. Investigators say they also found crack cocaine and a stolen pistol in the vehicle.

Cayce Public Safety leaders say they believe departmental policy and procedures were followed during the incident.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.

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