A St. Louis man was killed Sunday evening on Interstate 44 when he intentionally struck a tractor-trailer while being pursued by police, authorities said.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary report, Thomas W. Washburn, 36, was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 westbound on I-44 at the 241.6 mile marker near St. Clair at 5:18 p.m. when the car accelerated, merged into the right lane and struck the towed unit in the rear of a tractor-trailer.
The 2015 Volvo Conventional tractor-trailer was driven westbound by Eric M. Jaschen, 25, Clive, Iowa. He was not hurt in the crash, the patrol said.
The Washburn vehicle skidded to a stop in the middle of the roadway. The tractor-trailer pulled over to the shoulder and stopped.
Washburn was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m. by St. Clair Ambulance personnel, the patrol said. He was not wearing a seat belt.
According to reports, Washburn was being pursued in St. Louis County. Eureka police picked up the pursuit but stopped near Pacific.
The patrol had issued an advisory that Washburn wanted to be killed by police, according to reports.