Grandmother sues Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office over child's chase death



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SPARTANBURG, South Carolina — A grandmother is suing the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office after her granddaughter died in a crash during a chase by deputies nearly two years ago.

Trena Rice has also sued Sheriff Chuck Wright and the deputy involved in the chase, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg (http://bit.ly/1o7GpKY) reported.

Queniya Tykia Shelton died after her mother, Erikka Dominique Shelton, crashed her SUV while running from deputies.

Circuit Judge Derham Cole ruled this week the lawsuit should be moved to federal court.

Queniya was 7 years old when she was thrown from an SUV after her mother ran from authorities on Aug. 6, 2012.

Shelton admitted in May 2013 that she led officers on a chase at speeds that topped 100 mph and ended in the crash that killed her daughter. She was sentenced last year to 13 years in prison for her role in the chase. Shelton also must serve five years of probation after her release.

Attorneys for Wright, the deputy and the department have denied the allegations and would not talk about the lawsuit.

They have said any claims by Shelton are improper since it was her negligence that caused the accident.


Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/

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