One dies in a crash on Interstate 70 after shots fired

2013-07-21T18:30:00Z 2013-07-22T09:27:06Z One dies in a crash on Interstate 70 after shots firedBy Denise Hollinshed 314-340-8319

UPDATED at 6:30 p.m. with new details.

ST. LOUIS • Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in which one person died and two were injured early Sunday after a running gun battle between the car they were in and another that left the scene.

The crash happened at 3:05 a.m. at Interstate 70 and Goodfellow Boulevard.

Police said a silver 1999 Chevy Camaro with three occupants was traveling at high speed eastbound on Goodfellow Boulevard. The car went out of control at the Interstate 70 ramp, hit "several fixed objects" and rolled over.

Two occupants were ejected, authorities said. One of them, a 23-year-old man, was found on the side of I-70 and pronounced dead at the scene. A second occupant, a 29-year old man, was hospitalized in serious condition, and the third, a 19-year-old man, was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said that prior to the collision, witnesses saw the occupants of the Camaro exchanging gunfire with the occupants of a gray vehicle, described as either a Dodge Charger or a Cadillac, at Natural Bridge Avenue and Goodfellow Boulevard. The vehicles were chasing each other when the Camaro crashed, police said, and the second vehicle fled.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

Denise Hollinshed is a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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