Teen’s Car Theft Spree Ends With Fatal Leap Onto Big Rig

Lexington, SC – A Georgia woman’s car theft spree ended in tragic fashion after police say she attempted to jump onto the hood of a semi-truck traveling along I-20 on Tuesday.

According to Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD), 19-year-old Maliyah Smith, of East Point, GA, first stole a car in Georgia and traveled into Lexington County where that car broke down.

As Smith was parked along the shoulder of I-20 east, investigators say a Good Samaritan stopped to provide her assistance.


Myrick said Smith then stole the Good Samaritan’s vehicle and drove away continuing along eastbound I-20 where she soon collided into numerous vehicles.

The crash was reported near mile marker 59 at approximately 11 a.m.

Myrick said another person came to check on Smith after the accident when Smith attempted to swipe that person’s car.

However, this time she was unable because she could not drive a manual transmission, investigators said.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper David Jones, Smith then chose to flee on foot.


Jones said she ran into the roadway and attempted to jump onto the hood of a passing semi.

However, she rolled off the hood and was crushed underneath the rear wheels of the truck, Jones said.

According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Smith also sustained injuries from being run over by the semi-trailer wheels.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene and Smith was transported to a nearby hospital, but eventually succumbed to her injuries.

The LCSD is investigating the stolen vehicles, and highway patrol is investigating the collisions, a statement said.

Photo courtesy Maliyah Smith Funeral Expenses / GoFundMe Page



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