Illinois State Police Seek Black Sedan In Fatal Hit-And-Run On I-64
Ervin Goeden, 93, Killed By Friday Crash
Ervin Goeden, 93, of Omaha, Neb., was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday, January 5, on I-64 eastbound near the 47.5 mile marker, with the crash occurring at approximately 5:05 p.m.
The preliminary release from District 13, Illinois State Police stated that a 2014 Toyota Avalon driven by Eugene P. Tomasello, 56, of Omaha, Neb. (referred to as a family member of Goeden’s) was eastbound on I-64.
Goeden was wearing his seatbelt and riding in the back, while his wife, Patricia A. Goeden, 81, also of Omaha, Neb. was a passenger as well.
The second vehicle, reportedly a black car with a window tint, possibly a black Caddilac STS, approached the Toyota from behind at a high rate of speed.
The black car then made a lane change to the passing lane then abruptly returned to the right lane prior to clearing the Toyota.
The passenger side of the black car struck the driver’s side of the Toyota which the Goedens were riding in, causing the car to exit the roadway, and continued down a steep embankment where it struck a tree.
The vehicle’s occupants were taken to Washington County Hospital. Tomasello was treated for minor injuries and Patricia Goeden was treated for major injuries there before being evacuated by helicopter to a St. Louis hospital.
A 8:11 p.m., a doctor at the WCH Emergency Room pronounced Ervin Goeden dead from the injuries sustained.
Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger was dispatched to the WCH ER at 8:29 p.m., where he determined the cause of death to be a traumatic pneumothorax – the manner is accidental. No autopsy is planned.
Following the collision, the driver of the black car did not stop at the scene of the crash, and the vehicle was seen continuing east on I-64. The vehicle may possibly have a transfer of silver paint on the middle or rear of the passenger side.
Along with the Washington County Coroner’s Office, the crash is being investigated by Illinois State Police District 13 and by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.
Anyone with information regarding the crash or the vehicle that left the scene is asked to call ISP District 13 at 618-542-2171, Extension 1202.