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Louisville man identified as driver killed in fire crash after fleeing police in New Albany

A 36-year-old Louisville man was identified as the driver of a car that fled police in New Albany, crashed into another car and started a fire near a busy shopping center . Darrell Lee Taylor of Louisville was identified in an update from Indiana State Police, which is handling the investigation involving the New Albany Police Department. The crash happened Tuesday near the New Albany Plaza, where several restaurants and stores are located. There, people could see black smoke for miles, and several first responders were concentrated around the crash site. Investigators say the crash happened after a New Albany police officer attempted to stop a gray Dodge Challenger near the intersection of State and Clay streets for dangerous driving. That driver was Taylor, officials said. Police said Taylor fled down State Street at high speed, but the police chief said the officer did not attempt to pursue the vehicle due to the danger to the public. Taylor crashed a few blocks away. just outside Popeyes Restaurant. State police said the Challenger first struck an SUV, then left the roadway into the parking lot, where it crashed into a parked bus. Challenger then caught fire, officials said. Investigators said the officer then caught up to the crash site and helped extricate the passenger from the vehicle. First responders were unable to save Taylor, who died at the scene. The driver of the SUV was also taken to hospital with injuries. According to state police, the Challenger was registered out of Alabama with the Alamo rental car agency. Additional information about the investigation has not been released.

A 36-year-old Louisville man was identified as the driver of a car that fled police in New Albany, crashed into another car and started a fire near a busy shopping center .

Darrell Lee Taylor of Louisville was identified in an update from Indiana State Police, which is handling the investigation involving the New Albany Police Department.

The crash happened Tuesday near the New Albany Plaza, where several restaurants and stores are located. There, people could see black smoke from miles away, and several first responders were concentrated around the crash site.

Investigators say the accident happened after a New Albany police officer attempted to stop a gray Dodge Challenger near the intersection of State and Clay streets for reckless driving. That driver was Taylor, officials said.

Police said Taylor fled down State Street at high speed, but the police chief said the officer did not attempt to pursue the vehicle due to the danger to the public.

Taylor crashed a few blocks just outside the Popeyes restaurant. State police said the Challenger first struck an SUV, then left the roadway into the parking lot, where it crashed into a parked bus.

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The Challenger then caught fire, officials said.

Investigators said the officer then caught up to the crash site and helped extricate the passenger from the vehicle. First responders were unable to rescue Taylor, who died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV was also taken to hospital with injuries.

According to state police, the Challenger was registered out of Alabama with the Alamo rental car agency. Additional information about the investigation has not been released.