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7-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Thrown From Car During High-Speed Chase

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A 7-year-old girl Spartanburg County girl has died after being thrown from a sport utility vehicle following a high-speed chase on Interstate 85.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Queniya Tykia Shelton died at a local hospital at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says deputies pursued the vehicle Queniya was riding in Monday morning after noticing erratic driving. The chase topped 100 mph before the 2012 Dodge Journey struck a guardrail and overturned in the median, ejecting the girl.

Authorities say her aunt, 26-year-old Errika Shelton, was driving. Shelton suffered broken bones.

“She was doing enough bad driving to where the deputy recognized that there was a problem,” Wright told WYFF-TV.

The station reports that neither passenger in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

Wright says his deputies followed protocol but didn’t know a child was in the vehicle. He says Shelton should have pulled over.

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