CAMDEN, SC – The Kershaw County man who slain a taxi driver on Friday before initiating a cross-county chase before taking his own life has been identified.
The incident started when 20-year-old Nicholas Rivers from Camden called for a taxi and asked the driver to take him to Columbia. The driver, Debra Wright, had her son with her in the cab.
While travelling, Rivers demanded Wright to take him to California once they got on I-20. When Wright refused, Rivers pointed a pistol at her head and robbed her phone and money and as the car shifted, her son woke up. Wright bid goodbye to her son and told him she loved him which the boy responded that he loved her too. That’s when Rivers put the gun down.
Wright agreed to take Rivers to Two-Notch Road in Columbia and forced the driver to call for another cab. Wright drove away unharmed as Rivers got off the vehicle.
When the second cab driver, 57-year-old Daniel G. Admassu from Irmo, arrived, Rivers shot him multiple times. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and made it into Waffle House but was subsequently succumb with the injuries he sustained.
Rivers drove Admassu’s Checker Yellow cab into I-20 with the deputies chasing behind. Deputies from Kershaw joined the chase, which followed I-20 into Kershaw and Lee Counties before Rivers got off the interstate and headed back to Highway 34 back to Camden.
Spike strips were set-up on Highway 34 near Highway 1 and as Rivers crossed it, the cab spun out of control and crashed the guard rail.
Rivers shot himself after the crash. He died after being flown to Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. Rivers had history of mental health and substance abuse and had just been treated with K2 spice addiction. At the time of his death, he was in possession of marijuana.
The investigation is being led by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department including the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol.
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