ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis County woman was killed Thursday afternoon after a sedan and SUV collided near O’Fallon Park.
Sandra Washington, 59, of the 2400 block of Hazelton Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. She was thrown from her Chevrolet Malibu in the crash about 1 p.m. at Rosalie Street and Fair Avenue.
A witness said she saw a speeding Ford Escape run a stop sign on Rosalie and strike the sedan, which was turning onto Rosalie from Fair.
“He did not stop at that stop sign at all,” said Deborah Galloway, 58, of St. Louis County. “They hit hard.”
After the crash, the SUV slammed into a building at the intersection. The car came to a stop just down the street.
Galloway, who had been parked in her own vehicle waiting to meet up with her husband, said she and others went to check on Washington but saw it was too late.
“She was gone,” Galloway said.
The 18-year-old driver of the Escape jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee, but was chased and stopped by a postal worker who saw the crash, according to witnesses.
The SUV caught fire and was extinguished. Police arrived and took the driver of the SUV into custody.
Police later said that he was hospitalized and his condition was stable.
Galloway said her heart went out to the woman’s family because her own niece died in a crash on Christmas Day. Her niece’s sedan was struck by a truck that ran a red light.
The men in the truck were wanted in connection with a shooting in East St. Louis and ran away after that crash.