Driver in Florissant flees police, causes fatal crash

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on July 28, 2017, officers from the St. Louis County Police Department North County Precinct responded to the area of New Halls Ferry and Netherton for a report of a vehicle accident, according to St. Louis County Police.

Upon arrival, officers located an accident involving two passenger vehicles. The striking vehicle was traveling southbound on New Halls Ferry when it struck a vehicle attempting to make a left turn onto Sugar Pine Drive from northbound New Halls Ferry.

The front right passenger of the struck vehicle, an unknown male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the struck vehicle, a 21-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital and is in critical/unstable condition.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 19-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody at the scene of the investigation.

The accident is under investigation by the St. Louis County Police Department Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.

According to police, the striking vehicle was identified as a suspicious vehicle about a mile from the scene of the fatality accident in the City of Florissant.

An officer with the Florissant Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle; however the suspect vehicle started driving away from the officer at a high rate of speed. The Florissant police officer did not pursue the suspect vehicle. Several independent witnesses interviewed by our detectives stated the suspect vehicle was not being pursued by any agency at the time of the accident.

Identification of the driver will be released once identification is made and next of kin is notified.

The St. Louis County Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed this accident to contact them.

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