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Man dies in crash after fleeing West City police

Benton News
updated: 11/13/2019 5:31 PM

A man was killed on Interstate 57 last Friday after he reportedly fled from a West City Police officer and then was struck while on foot by oncoming traffic.

The Illinois State Police report that a 40-year-old man, whose name is being withheld pending final investigation, died following an incident that started around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 with a West City police officer attempting to conduct a traffic stop in West City. The man, driving a 1996 Chrysler Sebring, fled southbound on I-57. In addition to the traffic violation, the registration displayed on the man's car returned to a different make, type and color of vehicle.

On the interstate, the man attempted to pass another vehicle on the inside shoulder and collided with it. His car came to rest in the center median, after which he reportedly fled east on foot. He entered the northbound lanes of traffic and was struck by a third vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The ISP traffic crash reconstruction unit are investigating the crash.