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Crest Hill police investigating officer's pursuit of suspect in fatal crash

A memorial for Suos Khloth, who died on May 26 after being struck by the car of a suspect fleeing Crest Hill police.
A memorial for Suos Khloth, who died on May 26 after being struck by the car of a suspect fleeing Crest Hill police.

Crest Hill police are conducting an internal investigation of an officer’s pursuit of a fleeing driver, whose vehicle collided with another in a wreck that left a 60-year-old man dead.

Crest Hill Deputy Police Chief Bradley Hertzmann said Monday that the investigation is being done to see if the officer’s pursuit of a speeding driver was in compliance with their department’s policies and procedures.

Suos Khloth was killed May 26 after the fleeing driver’s vehicle crashed into his car near the intersection of West Jefferson Street and South Reedwood Drive, police said.

A Crest Hill officer was chasing the driver of a Mitsubushi Endeavor after catching it speeding near the intersection of Theodore Street and Edgerton Drive, police said.

Sam Mullin, a friend of Khloth, said he also was told the police were chasing the vehicle.

The police and another vehicle “were involved in a high-speed chase,” Mullin said.

Khloth “got hit at a very high rate of speed and hit a tree,” he said.

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

Crest Hill police arrested Jeremiah Grubbs, 18, of Joliet.

Grubbs was a passenger in the fleeing vehicle, police said.

Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said police are searching for Anthony L. Casterberry, 22, who may have been involved in a crash.

Grubbs has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card, police said.

Mullin said Khloth worked at his church every weekend.

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