The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports 26-year-old Kalvin Hunt had escaped from a veterans affairs hospital Friday, before the crash. A spokeswoman for Naval Hospital Beaufort would not say what Hunt was being treated for, citing privacy laws.
Bob Beres, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, said Hunt had been served with a murder warrant Tuesday.
Authorities are not sure when Hunt took off his clothes. Police say he sped away in the fire truck, then hit and killed 28-year-old Justin Nicholas Miller before crashing.
Hunt, who struggled with police officers after the crash, is now hospitalized in Charleston.