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Police: Driver in deadly Columbia chase hit parked cars

Crash shuts down Providence Road
ABC 17 News
Crash shuts down Providence Road Friday, Dec. 6.


UPDATE 4:38 p.m.: The Columbia Police Department released updated information about the chase on Friday afternoon.

In a media release, the department noted Hayden Holt, 17, struck several parked vehicles during the chase.

Holt struck one vehicle parked in the Hitt Parking Garage and another in or around another parking garage, according to police.

While an officer was chasing Holt down Providence, they noticed a transformer sparking. The officer then found the vehicle had struck a utility pole, police said.

Holt was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE 6 a.m.: The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the name of the driver involved in the deadly crash.

According to crash reports, Hayden Holt, 17, of Hallsville drove off the right side of the road just before 2 a.m. at Providence Rd. and Locust St. That's when he hit a utility pole and overturned.

Holt was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE 5:30 a.m.: Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Providence Road are back open.

The vehicle involved in the deadly crash was towed from the scene around 5 a.m.

Crews with Columbia Water & Light are continuing to work to repair a pole that was damaged in the crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and University of Missouri Police Department assisted with the investigation of the crash.

ORIGINAL: Providence Road between Locust Street and East Broadway is shut down after a chase ended in a deadly crash Friday morning.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Friday.

A Columbia Police Officer told ABC 17 News that authorities starting chasing the driver at the Hitt Street garage. The chase was later called off when the driver went near I-70.

The chase later resumed when police found the driver around Providence Road. The driver then crashed into a pole at the intersection of Providence Road and Locust Street.

Authorities said one car was involved in the crash and the driver died on the scene. The person's name has not been released.

Missouri State Highway Patrol and Columbia Police are on the scene of the crash.

Check back for updates as this is a developing story.

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  1. Here are some more facts from the police scanner:

    Driver fleeing police at 80 mph on Providence. Driver crashed into a big utility pole and broke the pole in half. After the crash the officers repeatedly called for the medics, you could hear the urgency in the officer’s voices, calling for the medics to respond emergency.

    CPD was very professional, truly protecting and serving the public, by being ready to terminate the pursuit several times, and caring for the injured driver after the crash. Inexperienced teen driver running from the police at 2:00 am never ends well.

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