Deadly I-55 crash investigated as a murder

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - New details are emerging on a deadly crash on I-55 that shut down the interstate for hours Thursday afternoon and evening.

Police are pursuing the case as a murder investigation, saying the 31-year-old driver purposefully caused the crash that killed one of her passengers, 60 year-old Larry Wilson.

The wreck happened on I-55 near Loughborough Avenue, around 3:15pm Thursday. As the 31-year-old was driving northbound, police say she began arguing with her boyfriend in the car. She threatened to crash the SUV, and moments later, she did.

She and another passenger were trapped inside the vehicle and rescued, sustaining injuries. Her boyfriend and another male passenger were not seriously injured. Wilson passed away at a nearby hospital.
Meanwhile, those who knew Wilson are devastated by his death. His landlord says he's lived in his Juniata Street apartment for about four years. He tells us Wilson is survived by two sons and a daughter. One of Wilson's sons just moved in with him last week.

A neighbor tells FOX 2 Wilson was a kind, generous person, who'd give her gift cards for no special occasion, and give treats to her grand kids.

This neighbor saw him leave for work at 5:45am every morning, and wondered why he wasn't there on Friday. She says, "He was real nice, and I loved him being my neighbor. It's so sad now, I won't see him no more."

Neighbors say Wilson would usually come home from work around 3:30 every afternoon in a red truck. The crash happened around that time of day in a gray SUV. Why Wilson was riding in that vehicle, and how he knew the four people he was riding with, are still being investigated.

The traffic safety division and homicide unit are conducting a joint investigation.

Police seized cocaine and marijuana from the driver, but no charges have been filed against her at this point.