Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Questions Chase

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Questions Chase

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* Police tried to catch the driver who ran two stop signs. He fled, and his car struck another and killed two women. Now the victims' family wants an answer.

The driver who struck another car Thursday in East St. Louis, killing a woman and her daughter, had run two stop signs before the Illinois State Police began chasing his car, the Illinois State Police said Friday.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday while the driver, Warrick D. Scott, 30, of Washington Park, was fleeing from an Illinois State Police car. Scott ran a red light at 25th Street and St. Clair Avenue, striking a car broadside. Its occupants, Irene Tucker, 86, of Centreville, and Mattie Powell, 57, of East St. Louis, were killed. Relatives of the two women questioned Friday whether police should have started the chase. "That was unnecessary," said Stephen Young, a grandson of Tucker and nephew of Powell. "I could see it if he was a mass murderer or something, but just for a traffic violation? That shouldn't have happened." He questioned whether police had followed their own rules. Sgt. David Jung, spokesman for the State Police, said that to his knowledge, the troopers had followed guidelines. "The policy really is a common-sense thing," Jung said. "Troopers have to have some regard for other traffic in the area and the type of highway they are on." He cited the stop signs run by Scott, and said the troopers involved in the chase gave the suspect ample time and distance to stop as ordered. He also said that the had chase happened on St. Clair Avenue, a four-lane thoroughfare, and that there was not much traffic in the area at the time. Police and a St. Clair County prosecutor plan to meet Monday to discuss charges against Scott. He underwent surgery Friday at St. Mary's Hospital in East St. Louis. He was reported in stable condition. …

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