Boy, 14, killed when stolen car fleeing police crashed into Madison County drainage canal | Law and order

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Crash near Edwardsville

Authorities on the scene of a vehicle crash early Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, near Interstate 255 and Interstate 270. Photo via KTVI Channel 2.


UPDATED at 7 a.m. Wednesday with name of boy who died and additional details from fire official

EDWARDSVILLE — A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 16-year-old boy was injured early Tuesday after two vehicles being chased by police ran off a highway and one submerged in a drainage canal at Interstate 270 and Interstate 255, authorities said.

Wood River police identified the boy who died as Harry Linnen Jr., 14, of St. Louis. Police did not identify the 16-year-old boy who was injured.

Harry drowned after trying to swim away from the vehicle that went into water, and a police officer tried to help but couldn’t get to him, authorities said. 

The boys were in vehicles that police had chased after a break-in at a Wood River car dealership on Edwardsville Road around 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

A dive team from Hillsboro pulled the boy’s body from the water hours later. The water is about 12 feet deep where Harry was found, and the car he crashed was partly submerged about 15 feet from the shoreline, said Edwardsville fire Chief James Whiteford.

The fire chief said the drainage canal is a retention pond designed to hold runoff from nearby warehouses.

Illinois State Police said four vehicles were stolen from the Wood River dealership and that a fifth vehicle with the suspects had been stolen in a separate incident.

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