A 30-year-old Belleville man died Tuesday evening after his car crashed into the median off of northbound Interstate 255.
A witness reported driver Michael P. Cowell’s white 2004 Buick was swerving all over the road at about 5:15 p.m. before it crashed into the center median just north of exit 20, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.
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Cowell was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Cowell was not wearing a seatbelt, Dye said.
A 32-year-old female passenger from Belleville was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, though she wore a seat belt and was not seriously injured. An ambulance transported her to Alton Memorial Hospital. She was the only passenger in the vehicle.