At approximately 1:56 a.m., the same vehicle was observed by another officer entering I-70 going eastbound from West Business Loop 70 (West Boulevard Interchange). The officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the VW, however, the vehicle failed to stop and exited I-70, traveling south on Providence Road. The officer began to pursue the vehicle southbound on Providence Road. The officer observed the VW continue south on Providence Road at a high rate of speed and then cross Broadway. The officer continued southbound on Providence and near Walnut Street observed sparking from a transformer further south which the officer believes is where the VW crashed. The officer then found that the vehicle had left the west side of Providence Road just north of Locust Street and struck a utility pole.
At the request of the Columbia Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), who assisted in the pursuit, conducted the crash investigation as Providence Road is a state highway (MO-163).
The crash resulted in the death of Hayden S. Holt, 17, of Hallsville. Next of kin has been notified. The MSHP crash report can be referenced at incident number 190706434.
The Columbia Police Department thanks the MSHP and University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) for their assistance while conducting the investigation. The investigation is ongoing, therefore there is no further information to share at this time.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.