Suspect eluding police dies in fatal car crash

FLINT TWP. — Police have identified Hollis Ramon Rawls, 46, of Flint, as the suspect who died last weekend from injuries sustained in a car crash while fleeing police.

The incident began at approximately 7:04 p.m. on Friday Sept. 26, when a Flint Township police officer attempted to stop a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck for a traffic violation on Flushing Road west of Ballenger Highway, according to a press release.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Rawls, fled from the officer at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway on Seneca Street just east of Welch Boulevard in the City of Flint. The vehicle struck a large tree after leaving the roadway.

Rawls was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. No officers or uninvolved citizens were injured.

Rawls’ operators license had been suspended seven times at the time of the incident, according to the police report. Rawls also had a felony warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on an original charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.

This incident is under investigation by traffic crash investigators from the Flint City Police Department and the Michigan State Police. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Flint City Police, the Michigan State Police, or the Flint Township Police Department at (810)-600-3250. — Rhonda Sanders

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