Two Belmont, N.C., residents were killed Wednesday night when their vehicle was struck during a police pursuit by a South Carolina driver.

Kevin Loftin, 56, and a friend, Donna Jean Deitz, 60, were killed when their Audi was struck by an Acura SUV driven by Lester Saunders Norman Jr. of Lancaster, S.C. Loftin was a former Belmont mayor.

Norman, 41, had failed to stop at a DWI checkpoint at 10 p.m., nearly striking two officers. A pursuit on Belmont streets reached speeds of 75 mph. Norman ran a red light, striking the Audi and sending the car into a utility pole, reports the Charlotte Observer.

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