Body found in car trunk after St. Clair County crash

BROOKLYN, Ill. (AP) — Police in southwestern Illinois say they found a 35-year-old shooting victim’s lifeless body in the trunk of a car that had just crashed into a pole near a village police department outside St. Louis.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone identified the victim as Roderick Taylor of Cahokia.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Taylor was found Thursday night after an unidentified motorist’s car struck a utility pole while attempting to avoid a police stop in the village of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn police have not yet identified the driver, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment.