Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Fled St. Louis County Police Charged in Crash That Killed Off-Duty Firefighter, Authorities Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Who Fled St. Louis County Police Charged in Crash That Killed Off-Duty Firefighter, Authorities Say

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CLAYTON - A man who police now say had fled a traffic stop in St. Louis County just before a crash that killed an off-duty firefighter last week has been charged with second-degree murder.

Nicholas Washington, 21, of St. Louis County, was charged Friday with second-degree murder. He was jailed with bail set at $500,000.

Killed in the April 4 crash was Brett Korves, 30, of St. Jacob. He had worked as an on-call firefighter for the Swansea Fire Department, where he was a 10-year veteran.

The charge against Washington came hours after police for the first time said that a St. Louis County officer had tried to stop the Chevrolet Camaro he was driving. They provided information on the crash last week, but gave no indication of police involvement until Friday, after the Post-Dispatch began asking about a tip that an officer had tried to stop the car.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said he did not know where the officer tried to stop the Camaro or whether the officer reported the attempted stop to supervisors, citing the ongoing investigation into what happened.

The department said Korves was trying to make a left turn in his Chevrolet Cruze about 5:50 a.m. April 4 at Page Avenue and North Warson Road when it was struck by the Camaro, which was heading east on Page at more than 100 mph.

An officer had earlier tried to conduct a "lawful stop" after seeing Washington commit a "series of moving violations," Detective Joseph Percich wrote in court documents. After Washington increased his speed to more than 90 mph, police ended the attempt to stop him due to safety concerns, according to the documents.

After police "disengaged the attempt to stop," Washington continued to drive at excessive rates of speed, drove erratically, and created a substantial risk of serious injury or death, the documents say.

Multiple witnesses, supported by surveillance footage, said that the officer turned off his lights after the Camaro sped away from him, said Tim Swope, director of operations for St. …

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