MADISON COUNTY, Il. – Illinois State Police report a single vehicle fatal crash that happened at approximately 12:19 a.m. Sunday. The crash happened on Illinois 111 just north of Schoolhouse Road in Madison County.
Police say the driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old John Shea of Granite City, IL, was traveling north on Illinois 111 north of Schoolhouse Road and was being pursued by Pontoon Beach Police. He swerved to avoid spike strips, traveled off the left side of the road, and hit a tree. The driver fled the scene and was taken into custody a short time later.
The front seat passenger, a 36-year-old man from Granite City, IL, was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a regional hospital where he died. Shea was taken to a regional hospital with serious injuries. The other passenger, a 21-year-old female, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Illinois State Police is leading the investigation. Inquiries regarding the pursuit should be directed to the Pontoon Beach Police Department. The crash remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.