ST. LOUIS - The driver responsible for a deadly wrong-way crash on I-64 has died from his injuries, St. Louis police announced Tuesday.
Police say 27-year-old Blake Stabler drove westbound down the eastbound lanes of I-64 near 14th Street early Sunday morning, hitting another car head-on and killing 21-year-old passenger Mickeal Stephens, of Bethalto.
Stephens died at the scene. Stabler died late Sunday night, police said.
“My only question is why. It’s a question that’s never going to be answered as to why he was taken,” Stephens’ mom, Nannette Morgan, told 5 On Your Side.
Morgan says her son was her rock and a role model to his younger brother. She says Stephens was 16 months away from becoming a registered nurse like her.
The family spent Saturday picking out pumpkins at Eckert’s Orchard not knowing it would be the last time they saw Stephens.
“He was a great person with a great heart that was taken way too soon,” she said.
Morgan says she feels for Stabler’s family, too.
“I’m sorry this was a tragic event that’s touched the lives of everybody, it’s affected everybody’s lives, in one fashion or another,” she said.
The driver and another passenger in Stephens’ car were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police say at this point they don’t know whether alcohol played a role in the crash, but that will come to light when the toxicology results come back.