Police say a 50-year-old Mattoon woman jumped from a moving vehicle on Interstate 55 and died Wednesday after being struck by multiple cars on the highway.
A preliminary investigation indicated Lisa M. Lazar was sitting in the back seat of a 2008 Cadillac — with two Mattoon men in the front of the car — when she became upset during an argument and jumped out, Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.
The men in the Cadillac went to a nearby Fairmont City motel and called 911 minutes before 1 a.m., according to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.
There are two motels located near the Illinois 111 exit on I-55 — the Royal Budget Inn and Indian Mound Motel. However, it was not clear where the man went to call 911.
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Dye said it was unclear how fast the driver of the 2008 Cadillac was traveling when the woman left it. She was struck by multiple cars on southbound I-55 near Illinois 111, west of Cahokia Mounds.
Dye said the investigation was being handled by the state police investigations unit because of the “possible criminal nature of the crash.”
Approximately 3 miles of highway was shut down while the accident was investigated. The road was reopened before 5 a.m., Fox 2 reported.
State troopers responded to the crash with Abbott Ambulance, Fairmont City Fire Department and Caseyville, Centreville and Fairmont police departments.