NEWS One dead, three injured in car accident in Cahokia Heights

One dead, three injured in car accident in Cahokia Heights


Police are investigating a traffic accident that killed one and injured three, including an 18-month-old baby and a 3-year-old.

Cahokia Heights Police Chief Steve Brown said officers were called to the scene of the accident at 12:30 a.m. Saturday between the 2200 and 2400 blocks of Camp Jackson Road.

At the scene, first responders located a witness holding an unconscious, not breathing baby boy, Brown said. Officers performed CPR on the baby at the scene.

According to Brown, a Cahokia Heights police officer transported the child from the scene to St. Louis Children’s Hospital because first responders were far away.

A second Cahokia Heights police officer located a 21-year-old male victim who was ejected from a black 2015 Ford Fusion. He told police his 19-year-old girlfriend had been driving the car and that he and his two sons were passengers.

Brown said the man, who police did not identify, told officers his girlfriend heard several shots while driving, freaked out and lost control of the vehicle.

Witnesses police found at the scene said the vehicle flipped four times before hanging upside down in a ravine filled with weeds and water, Brown said.

The woman was unresponsive and not breathing, along with a crying child, who was near the vehicle, Brown said.

According to Brown, a Sauget police officer took the second child to St. Louis Children’s Hospital because there were no emergency vehicles nearby.

An EMS ambulance from Dupo transported an adult victim to Saint Louis University Hospital. A Medstar ambulance transported the second adult to St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri.

At the scene, officers learned the female victim had died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The unresponsive baby who was at the scene at the time was revived, Brown said.

The surviving victim had no immediate medical condition.

The family lived in Cahokia Heights, according to a report from Cahokia Heights police.

Carolyn P. Smith has been with the Belleville News-Democrat since 2000 and currently covers breaking news from the East. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, she says journalism is in her DNA.
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