- Last Updated on 07:44 AM 04/07/14
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Charges are pending against a 46-year-old South Boston man, Ronnie Selsco Fichera, following a police chase that ended in a fatal crash claiming the life of 22-year-old Reagan Lee Hartley of Willow Spring, N.C.,Thursday night.
Randleman Police Officers had pursued a green Ford Expedition traveling north in the southbound lane of Business 220 (Randleman Road) at speeds in excess of 90 mph, according to Guilford County Sheriff B. J. Barnes.
Guilford County DWI task force officers briefly became involved in the chase near I-40 and Randleman Road, but they halted the pursuit when the driver entered I-40 east traveling westbound, Barnes said.
As the vehicle exited I-40 onto Four Seasons Boulevard, task force officers reinitiated the pursuit.
The vehicle once again entered I-40 east traveling westbound.
Task force officers did not continue pursuing the vehicle by traveling west into eastbound traffic, but they did request officers in the area to attempt to divert traffic approaching from the west traveling on I-40, the sheriff said.
Just before the traffic was diverted around 10:34 p.m., the Expedition collided head-on in the eastbound lane with a Volvo C70 driven by Hartley.
Hartley died on the way to the hospital as a result of the injuries sustained in the wreck, Barnes said.
No passengers were in either car.
Fichera received life-threatening injuries and was transported to Cone Hospital. Investigations are being conducted by all agencies involved, Barnes said.
All charges related to the chase will come from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Barnes said, and any charges relating to the crash will come from Greensboro police.