Man Out on Bail For Murder in Loves Park, Turns Himself In; In Iowa After Killing Another Man

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(AP) — An Illinois man out on bail for a murder charge was arrested by police Wednesday in Iowa on charges related to a fatal crash on a freeway in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids police issued warrants Wednesday afternoon for Tyler Lee, 34, of Rockton, Illinois, and he turned himself into authorities at the Linn County Jail less than two hours later. Lee was charged with homicide by vehicle-operating while intoxicated and homicide by vehicle-reckless driving as well as two counts of serious injury by motor vehicle.

Lee was driving a pickup truck that crashed into a sport utility vehicle early on the morning of March 7 while he was out on $1 million bail for first-degree murder and 11 other counts. Those charges stemmed from a May 2017 shooting of 38-year-old Christopher Peters in Loves Park, Illinois.

Police said the crash happened on Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids. Lee was driving the pickup truck southbound in the northbound lanes when he crashed into the SUV, which was carrying four people.

The crash killed a passenger in the SUV, David Phuong Nguyen, 23, of Cedar Rapids, police said. Three others — including the driver who suffered serious injuries — had to be extricated from the SUV. Lee received only minor injuries, police said.


(AP) — A wrong-way driver accused of causing a fatal crash in eastern Iowa over the weekend is a defendant in an Illinois murder case who was out on bail at the time of the crash, police said.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids, The Gazette reported. Investigators say Tyler Lee, 34, of Rockton, Illinois, was driving a pickup truck southbound in the northbound lanes when he crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle carrying four people.

The crash killed a passenger in the SUV, 23-year-old David Phuong Nguyen of Cedar Rapids, police said. Three others — including the driver who suffered serious injuries — had to be extricated from the SUV. Lee received only minor injuries, police said.

At the time of the crash, Lee was out on $1 million bail for first-degree murder and 11 other counts in the May 2017 shooting of 38-year-old Christopher Peters in Loves Park, Illinois, police said.

Loves Park is a city about 24,000 located about 80 miles (128.7 kilometers) northwest of Chicago.

No charges had been filed by early Tuesday in the Iowa crash, officials said. Police said once an investigation into the crash is complete, a report will be submitted to the Linn County Attorney’s Office, which will consider any charges in the case.

 





 

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