At around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10th, a driver fled Woodson Terrace police with a woman and two children in the vehicle prior to getting on Interstate 70 driving in the wrong direction, and smashing into an oncoming vehicle.
At the scene of the crash near Union Boulevard, the driver fled while paramedics transported his three occupants and the driver of the other vehicle to a local hospital. Fortunately, none of the injuries sustained by the three passengers and driver of the other vehicle were life-threatening.
For an hour following the crash, the interstate was shut down. On Monday, April 11th, police were still in search of the 23-year old man who fled the scene. According to Randy Halstead of the Woodson Terrace Police, one of his officers attempted to pull over a vehicle at 8:42 p.m. after noticing the vehicle was driving carelessly without headlights along eastbound Interstate 70.
While the suspect did pull over, he sped off when the officer tried to get out of his police car. When the vehicle of the suspect left the highway at Bircher Avenue and Interstate 70, the officer put an end to the pursuit. Halstead explained that after exiting the highway, the suspect made a U-turn at Union and turned onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, driving the wrong way. Since the windows were tinted, the amount of passengers inside the vehicle was unclear to the officer.
The officer was concerned that the suspect may have been drunk or injured and was not noticeable by other drivers on the road due to his lack of headlights. He witnessed the accident and checked to determine whether any of the victims were in need of assistance.
Injured passengers from the suspect’s vehicle were a 24-year-old female and a boy and girl who are both 8-years-old. The driver in the other vehicle was identified as a 33-year-old-man. St. Louis police state that a gun was found in a garbage can in the rear alley of the 4700 block of Genevieve Avenue. It is believed that the suspect may have left the gun in the garbage can when he ran away.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident such as the one described above, contact the St. Louis car accident lawyers at Wolff & Wolff at 314-584-4109. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of car accident victims to help them achieve the compensation they may deserve.