North Augusta teen killed in weekend police chase

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, July 1, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC-- South Carolina Highway Patrol is now investigating a North Augusta police chase and accident that killed one teen, injuring three more.

17 year old Coby Plowden died Friday night when the car he was riding in crashed after trying to run from police.

It's the first time in almost twenty years that North Augusta Department of Public Safety has been involved in a police chase where someone died.

It's a tragedy friends and family are still trying to understand.

A somber mood Sunday night as friends and family gather to remember a life taken too soon.

"You don't need to be drinking and driving. That's what happens if you do." Words spoken by Plowden's older brother, 19-year-old Quinton Harris.

This is the second time this weekend lights have lit up the North Augusta skyline, after a nightmare that began Friday night.

Sirens roared as rescue workers tried to save 4 men lying in the woods near Belvedere Baptist Church's parking lot.

All 4 ejected from the car they were riding in after trying to run from police. Officers say none of the men were wearing seatbelts.
But officers soon realized one ambulance wasn't needed.

17-year-old Coby Plowden was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was near that scene that News 12 spoke with Plowden's friends like 17-year-old Paul Coon. "Coby was always a friend to anybody that needed it."

"It just hurts real bad when you find out that you loose a good friend." adds friend Jared Sawell.

Officers say it was near the North Augusta intersection of Georgia Avenue and Marion Avenue that they first spotted the 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse speeding down Georgia Avenue. Officers say they turned on their blue lights and tried to get it to stop, but it didn't and that's where the chase started.

A few miles away on Highway 25 the car was clocked going 100 miles an hour before hitting a curb in front of Belvedere Baptist Church. It skid hundreds of feet before plowing through the woods and hitting a tree.

Coon has visited the spot everyday since it happened. "See where the tree stopped them? That was one of my closest friends and now he's just gone like that."

Coby was a rear passenger in the car, a car driven by a man his friends and family say he didn't even know.

Plowden's loved ones are leaving him flowers, words, and now lighting candles.

It's his memory they'll cherish, but there's still a thought that will haunt them forever.

"It's real tragic. You don't need to drink and drive. If you do, and get pulled over just stop pull over the car and take what you deserve. Don't keep running." adds Harris.

North Augusta Public Safety says officers saw beer cans thrown from the car during the chase.

They are identifying the driver as 22-year-old William Brandon Taylor from Belvedere. He's facing traffic charges from North Augusta and Felony DUI from South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Funeral arrangements for Plowden are complete. His family will receive visitors Monday night (July 2) at Platt's Funeral home from 7 o'clock at night until 9 o'clock. He will be laid to rest Tuesday (July 3) at 11 am.

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  • by kris blackwood Location: na sc on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM
    i deal with a lot of depresion every since this went donw i was in the car i was with them be 4 the crash every body was drinkin coby was on thizz and cain and weed coby and brondon were my boys brsndons cuz jimmy he prevolked brandon to run from the copsi had nothing in my system at that time just weed and i tryied to get him to stop the car but he was to scared put ur self in his shoes what would u do
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    First of all, if you are going to speak of Coby please learn to spell his name right. It is not COLBY, bunch of idiots. His name was Coby. He was a phenomenal person, and touched so many lives. I only knew him for a short while, but first impressions do stick. He was kind and nice to me. He made me feel accepted somewhere that I didn't hang out. He was one of a kind, and will always be truly missed.
  • by Bailey Fitsemons Location: Savannah Ga on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Coby was my step-brother and we loved him very very much. When they were about to bury him, I started crying soo bad I had to leave because I couldn't stand there watching them bury my own brother.It was so sad. And Coby if you are watching over us we still love you no matter what happens!
  • by Drew Location: ATL on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Teenagers have been dying in North Augusta for many, many years from drinking and driving.
  • by Emily taylor on Dec 15, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    Brandon made a horrible decision, that night. We were not in the car that night and maybe everyone said go. I’m not justifying what Brandon has done. Yes, he should have stopped, but some people are easily influenced by others. Yes, Brandon was wrong. As I have stated on other comments, Colby was on ectacy, actually he was the only one, as was stated on blood reports in court. So no one was innocent that night. I mean think about it there is something in everyone’s life, that u wish u didn’t do. I’m not saying it was of the same outcome, but u never knows what could happen when you’re high on drugs or alcohol. I know my brother is very remoras all. He will have 2 live with this the rest of his life. I know it does not compare to what Colby’s family is and will be going through. People make mistakes, certainly when their young. Punishing Brandon will not bring Colby back or heal your hearts. God teaches us 2 forgive and that is all my brother wants. What if Colby was driving high on ex
  • by sting Location: ga on Dec 9, 2008 at 03:18 PM
    Brandon will get what he deserves hopefully,he has shown no remorse and has been complaining about how much money this has cost him and having to work all week and not get to go blow his little check,so My only hope is that once he gets to jail he enjoys the TRUE GANGSTER, THUG LIFE that he has been feverishly chasing
  • by GA Girl Location: Augusta on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    It has been a year now since Coby was laid to rest. Over a year since the tragedy that took him from us. Brandon is out walking around living the life he chooses. Where is the justice?
  • by GA Girl Location: Augusta on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    None of the boys were angels, but Coby still didn't deserve to die at the hands of Brandon. The other boys are playing both sides of the fence - one day "loving" Brandon, the next spilling their guts to police partially to save their own butts, and partially because its true. Coby DID NOT jump out of the car. All of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle. Stop with the "bad parents" "he had to live with his grandfather" crap. Anyone who believes for one second that his Grandpa said anything negative about Coby or Coby's mother is full of it. They are a very close, loving family. I don't care whether you think Brandon was cooperating or not, he may have worked on a time to turn himself in, but it wasn't soon enough for the public good. God may forgive him, but hopefully his wonderful co-inmates aren't.
  • by K Location: NA on Aug 13, 2007 at 10:43 AM
    no one is saying coby was an angle, but coby did not have a police record... he had never even been in trouble with the law, coby comes from a very good family, his mother did guide him in the right directions in his life,as well as everyone one else in his family, but being 16 coby was into everything, just like any other 16 yr. old boy. I PROMISE, and i would know first hand believe me when i say this, He was not in a gang, and did not have a gun, i know for a fact, nor does his brother. its funny how brandon cant remember the night of the accident, but remembers a number of other things even things 2 or 3 years back....hes playing crazy, he cut off his finger, b/c he was so out of it...please he was looking for sympothy...from what i hear he was fine, able to stand and talk. P.S. the only reason the other boys are being so copprative with police, is b/c they broke thier probation that night...oops. thier doing nothing more then trying to save themselves, dont let them foolyou.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    I knew Coby, VERY WELL, and his family. Sad to say but it doesn't surprise me in the least. Especially knowing what he lived in day in and day out. I am truly sorry this happened, but it is like people say when some dies of cancer, they are in a better place and not least there is now peace in his life.
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