EDWARDSVILLE — Two Granite City teenagers died in a crash Wednesday afternoon as they fled police in a minivan reported as stolen.
In a press release Thursday, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn identified the victims as Kyrus D. Sykes, 16; and Marcus D. Gordon, 16.
Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Diondra Horner pronounced the driver of the van, Sykes, dead at the scene at 1:11 p.m. The front-seat passenger, Gordon, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 p.m. Both teens were trapped inside the van and had to be extricated with the assistance of Madison and Fairmont City fire department personnel. A third passenger in the Honda, also a juvenile, was thrown out of the van and airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.
A 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan, reported as stolen from a Fairview Heights residence, was southbound on Illinois 203 at high speed when it collided with an oncoming pickup truck. The pickup driver had to be extricated from the wreckage before being taken to a hospital. The driver’s medical condition is unknown.
A Madison patrol officer observed the Honda running stop signs near 12th and Alton streets in Madison. He was not behind the vehicle but was conducting surveillance on an adjacent street. When the van turned south onto Illinois 203 at the bottom of the McCambridge viaduct, the officer activated his red lights and siren to maneuver through traffic in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle accelerated and reached speeds estimated by police near 100 mph. By the time the patrol car got to the top of the viaduct, the van was already at Harrison Street, proceeding under a railroad overpass and a short distance later was involved in the crash. From the time of initiating red lights to the time of the crash is estimated at about 30 seconds and the distance traveled about one-quarter of a mile.
A witness to the crash reported to police he was northbound on Illinois 203 and to the left of the pickup, when the Honda approached at high speed and swerved onto their side of the highway before colliding into the pickup.
At the request of the Madison Police Department, the Metro East Crash Assistance Team was called to the scene for crash reconstruction.
An autopsy Thursday revealed preliminary findings that Sykes died as a result of blunt chest trauma and Gordon died as a result of blunt head, chest and abdominal trauma. Routine toxicological studies will be performed.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
The case remains under investigation.
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