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Crest Hill police still searching for suspect in deadly car crash

Crest Hill police are still searching for the driver who allegedly killed a 60-year-old man by crashing into his car after trying to evade the police in a high-speed chase.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, an officer attempted to stop a Mitsubishi Endeavor at Theodore Street and Edgerton Drive but the car fled from the police and a short pursuit occurred, according to a Crest Hill police news release.

The Mitsubishi Endeavor crashed into a car driven by Suos Khloth near the corner of West Jefferson Street and South Reedwood Drive.

The crash resulted in Khloth’s death, police said.

Two occupants from the Mitsubishi Endeavor fled on foot after the collision, police said.

Jeremiah Grubbs, 18, was a passenger in the Mitsubishi Endeavor, police said.

Grubbs was captured, police said, and was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card.

Grubbs was booked into the Will County jail and his bond was set at $250,000.

On Tuesday, Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said the driver of the Mitsubishi Endeavor had not been identified.

Clark said the police are still developing information on the driver.

“We got a lot of good leads,” Clark said.

Evidence at the crash scene showed the fixed object was a tree in the parkway.

A memorial was set near the tree, which had tire tracks leading to it.

Khloth was pronounced dead at the Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center emergency room.

Sam Mullin, a friend of Khloth, said he was with Khloth and some other friends shortly before the crash.

“We were together at a friend’s house Saturday night,” Mullin said. “We left to pick up a friend. He left Plainfield.”

Khloth was a member of the area’s close-knit Cambodian community, Mullin said, and his death “has disturbed the Cambodian community.”

Mullin said his wife, who is Cambodian, was friends with Khloth for close to 30 years.

He said Khloth had a wife and he was a father and a grandfather.

He said Khloth worked at his church every weekend.

“He’s one that would help out anybody if they asked him to,” Mullin said.

Crest Hill police have asked anyone involved in this incident or any person with information to contact Investigator Joel Steen at 815-741-5115.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office conducted a crash reconstruction after the fatal wreck.

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