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Man dies after police chase, crash near Frankfort

Open alcohol was found in the vehicle

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A 45-year-old Orland Park man died early Tuesday after leading several police agencies in a chase and eventually crashing into a guardrail in Mokena.

Will County Sheriff’s deputies were notified about 10:40 p.m. Monday that Frankfort police were pursuing a vehicle that failed to stop for speeding, sheriff’s spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer said.

Frankfort police then said they were no longer following.

A deputy later spotted the white Chevrolet Impala near Route 30 and Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox and tried to pull it over. The driver, later identified as Michael B. Anderson, did not stop. When Anderson tried to turn west onto Francis Road, his vehicle spun out and continued east on Francis.

A short time later, another deputy saw a vehicle in the ditch on the north side of La Porte Road, near East Brightway Drive in Mokena.

Mokena firefighters arrived to remove Anderson from the vehicle, and he was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.

Initial reports indicate Anderson was traveling west on La Porte when he lost control of his vehicle. He struck a guardrail, which broke free and the vehicle came to rest in the ditch. 

Police later found open alcohol.

An autopsy performed Tuesday revealed Anderson died of injuries he suffered during the crash, according to a news release from the Will County Coroner’s Office.