4 dead, 3 juveniles injured after severe crash

Published: May. 6, 2022 at 9:53 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Four people are dead and three others were injured in a car accident Friday night.

Police said the crash took place in the 4200 block of Delmar at around 9:28 p.m. An initial investigation showed a Jeep Cherokee driven by an unknown suspect was wanted for felonies after being stolen in Herculaneum last month. The driver was traveling east on Delmar at a fast speed trying to get away from officers when it struck a Kia Sedona traveling north on Sarah filled with seven passengers. Both cars left the road on the north side of Delmar.

The seven people in the Kia Sedona were identified by family member Aaron Piggee. Those who died in the crash are 43-year-old Luther Simmons, 34-year-old LaRhonda Simmons, 56-year-old Angelique Simmons-Walker and 47-year-old Ephraim Simmons, who was driving.

Three children were in the car. They are all in the hospital after the crash. They are 15-year-old Anniysha Wallace, a 10-year-old named Takara and a 6-year-old named Trinity. Takara is in critical condition.

After hitting the Kia Sedona, the driver of the Jeep then hit a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was parked at the curb. The suspect left the car and fled the scene, leaving two 17-year-old boys behind. One of the teens was taken to the hospital for a possible broken wrist after officers found firearms and suspected drugs on him, police say. The other teen was arrested and remanded to the juvenile courts.

A witness told News 4 they saw a crashed car and attempted to help people inside that were trapped. Firefighters and EMS could be seen trying to get the occupants out of the car, which was heavily damaged.

Police said a further investigation revealed the Jeep Cherokee was involved in a minor crash with an Infinity SUV before the fatal accident took place. During the crash, one of the teen passengers shot at the people inside the SUV.

Accident Reconstruction and the Force Investigation Unit are investigating.