7:15 AM October 25, 2006
Suspect dies in cemetery crash
October 25, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A man who had apparently burglarized a home and stolen a car died a short time later when he crashed into a cemetery's locked gate, police said.
Monroe County sheriff's Detective Brad Swain said investigators speculate that the man, who passed an off-duty Ellettsville police officer in a marked squad car, feared officers were pursuing him and may have tried to hide in Clear Creek Cemetery.
Swain said it appears the man tried to drive through its locked gate at high speed, making the impact fatal. "He may have intentionally driven into it, thinking he could break it, or he just didn't see it and crashed into it," Swain said.
When officers arrived at the accident scene around midnight Monday, they found a young man behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang convertible. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Swain said Tuesday the county coroner has tentatively identified the man, who had no ID on him. He said the man's fingerprints were sent to the FBI for a positive ID.
The man climbed into the Mustang in the burglarized home's garage and then drove through the garage door, apparently because he couldn't figure out how to open or raise the door, Swain said.