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Man flees Elgin police, causes fatal traffic accident, police say

Steven Luellen / Phofrom Illinois Department Corrections

Steven Luellen / Photo from Illinois Department of Corrections

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Updated: May 28, 2014 1:12AM

ELGIN — A man wanted for violating parole refused to pull over for police, then sped away and crashed his car, fatally injuring a man in northwest suburban Elgin Tuesday, police said.

It started about 5:10 p.m., when Elgin police tried to pull over Steven Luellen, 34, who was driving a Nissan Maxima. Luellen was wanted on a parole violation warrant, according to a police statement.

The driver instead started speeding east on Jefferson Street, police said. He ignored a stop sign and crashed into a 2002 Mazda MPV that was northbound on Liberty Street, police said.

Officers had not tried to stop or chase the man after he sped away, police said.

The driver of the Mazda, a man thought to be in his 40s, died later at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, police said. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

Luellen suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, police said. A 35-year-old woman in his car was also taken to Sherman Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, police said.

Luellen, of Elgin, previously spent 30 months in prison after being convicted in 2012 of aggravated fleeing police while driving 21 mph over the limit, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website.

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