Victims Identified in I-70 Fatal Crash

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Friday, December 22 2006 Dec 22, 2006 Friday, December 22, 2006 6:31:18 PM CST December 22, 2006 in News

The chase started when Columbia police tried to stop a silver Nissan they thought was linked to a robbery.

"What first caught this officer's eye is that the vehicle had no registration on it, it didn't have any license plates," said officer Stephen Monticelli. "And then he realized that was the vehicle they were talking about and he went ahead and made his traffic stop."

But, police said the car drove west at 100 miles an hour on I-70 where it hit a semi parked on the right side of an exit ramp.

"It's my understanding that the pursuing vehicle, basically lost sight of that vehicle as they were headed westbound on I-70. At that point in time they took the Rocheport exit in order to return back to Columbia," said Sgt. Paul Reinsch of the highway patrol.

"But, after going up the exit ramp, they came across the crash that had happened right before they got there."

The semi driver was asleep in the cab and was not hurt. The driver and both passengers in the car were ejected in the collision. Police said all three weren't wearing seatbelts.

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