A driver fleeing the site of a minor hit-and-run accident caused another crash, this time killing one person and critically injuring two more.
The suspect, a 41-year-old man, has not yet been identified pending charges, according to information from the Metropolitan Police Department.
The incident began near Ninth and North Market at about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The driver of a Ford Explorer side swiped a St. Louis City License Collector's vehicle and then continued driving.
The driver of the city vehicle followed the Explorer at a distance while calling the police.
The driver of the Explorer went onto Interstate 70 for a short ways before exiting again onto Branch Street, where he was involved in another St. Louis car accident.
It appears that the driver of the Explorer was speeding eastbound on Branch Street when he ran a stop sign and T-boned another vehicle at the intersection of North Broadway and Branch.
The dark-colored Pontiac Bonneville was headed northbound on North Broadway. The impact of the crash pushed the Bonneville into the nearby Cash's Scrap Metal building.
Marcus Dorsey, age 53, was driving the Bonneville when the accident occurred. Members of the St. Louis Fire Department had to extract Dorsey and his two male passengers from the vehicle using the jaws of life.
Dorsey, a resident of the 800 block of Gustav Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene of the St. Louis car crash.
His two passengers, a 62-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, were both rushed to a local hospital with injuries that were described as critical.
The driver of the Ford was treated and released for injuries. He has since been arrested.
We express our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Dorsey.