Public Safety

Driver who fled police Friday dies as a result of collision

Police attempted to pursue vehicle, later finding it crashed into a tree

A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)
A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The driver of a vehicle who fled police on Friday has died after crashing into a tree on E Avenue NE, according to authorities.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Da’Quan Damen Dy’Shon Jefferson, 22, died Saturday afternoon. A previous version of the story named him as Da’Quan Dy’Shon Jefferson.

Buelow said Jefferson was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix at about 11 a.m. when officers patrolling E Avenue NE were running license plates and found that the registered owner of the vehicle had a warrant for failure to appear on assault charges.

Jefferson was not the registered owner of the vehicle.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Jefferson accelerated and ran stop signs, Buelow said. Police activated their lights and sirens and began to pursue the vehicle just before 15th Street and E Avenue NE. Jefferson continued to accelerate, police said.

Officers stopped their pursuit at the 1900 block of E Avenue NE, but as they continued eastbound and reached the intersection of 23rd Street and E Avenue NE, they found the Grand Prix on the north side of the road after it crashed into a utility pole and a tree, Buelow said.

Jefferson was transported to a hospital before being transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he died Saturday afternoon, Buelow said.

Jefferson was identified as having a suspended license, according to police.

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