Man flees police, causes wrong-way U.S. 54 crash killing three

1 month 1 week 11 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:39:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in Top Stories
By: Jack Lee and Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producers

JEFFERSON CITY - Three people died in a crash Sunday afternoon in Cole County while a driver fled from police in a stolen vehicle, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

It happened just around noon on U.S. 54 near Goller Road.

According to a crash report, Demarius Rubin, 29, was travelling westbound in the eastbound lane when he struck another car head-on. Bernard Steffel, 91, and Marilyn Steffel, 89, were in the other car.

Steffel's vehicle overturned in the median after hitting the other car, according to the crash report.

Troop F said in a tweet Rubin was fleeing from Jefferson City police in a stolen vehicle when he purposefully crossed through the median into the eastbound lanes.

All three subjects were pronounced dead on the scene before 1 p.m.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F said both lanes of the highway had reopened around 4 p.m.

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