She said county drug unit detectives in a vehicle separate from the one driven by Valentine were investigating and attempted to stop the Jetta, which sped onto Chambers Road instead. Valentine and the other detective in the trailer were about a mile away and responded to the area. The detective trailer and the still high-speed Jetta converged at Chambers Road near Crete Drive, Panus said.
She added that the Jetta was reported stolen in October. The driver of this vehicle, whose name has not been released, was also taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing.
The accident happened near a shopping center with a Family Dollar store and left car parts and other debris strewn on the road.
The chaotic scene rocked 19-year-old Je’Bria Wood, even hours later. She came across the aftermath of the crash as she walked to a grocery store on Chambers Road. She said she saw officers giving CPR to two people as police vehicles speeded past.
“I’ve never seen anyone perform CPR on anyone before,” she said. She was saddened when she later learned that the officer had passed away. “The lives of the police matter. They do. The good outweighs the bad.
St. Louis police blocked the roads to leave a clear path for ambulances as they made their way to the hospital. Shortly after the crash, dozens of officers gathered outside Barnes-Jewish, awaiting news.