Carjackers crash into limo on MLK Bridge
By Kim Bell
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Wednesday, Dec. 24 2008
UPDATED, 8:40 a.m.
A limo collided on the MLK Bridge early today with a stolen car that had been
taken at gunpoint minutes earlier in St. Louis city. Six people were injured.
Moments before that crash, another car taken at gunpoint in downtown St. Louis
raced across the same bridge and crashed into a tree in East St. Louis.
It was a complicated story for police to unravel, but here's what they know:
two separate carjackings in St. Louis -- minutes apart -- ending in crashes in
At 8 a.m. today, all of the people involved were still alive, but some of the
injuries are considered life-threatening, said Illinois State Police Master
Sgt. Matthew Davis.
Davis said it's believed that the carjackers in both robberies were working in
The crash on the MLK Bridge happened about 1:50 a.m. A GMC Jimmy sport utility
vehicle was racing east along the bridge when it collided with the westbound
limo. Davis said the driver of the Jimmy was at fault, veering into the path of
When police arrived, several of the victims were on the pavement. Two were in
the stolen car, four were in the limo, he said. They were taken to
Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis University hospitals for treatment.
The Jimmy had been taken in an armed robbery on 4th Street in downtown St.
Louis. Witnesses told police that one of the robbers had a 9mm handgun; the
other had a shotgun. No weapons were recovered from the stolen car on the
bridge, Davis said.
Just before the MLK Bridge was shutdown, another vehicle was taken at gunpoint
at North Second and Morgan streets in St. Louis. This vehicle was a Lincoln
Continental. Two men armed with guns and wearing baseball caps took the vehicle
and raced east on the MLK Bridge. It ended up crashing into a tree in East St.
Louis at 14th and Russell streets. It apparently crossed the bridge just before
the crash involving the limo.
Police took one man into custody from the East St. Louis crash and found a
weapon inside the Lincoln. The suspect was taken to Kenneth Hall Hospital.