Stolen vehicle pursuit leads to fatal crash on I-75 in Marion County

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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB)-- A man was killed after crashing his vehicle during a police pursuit on I-75, just before midnight Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The chase began earlier in the evening when Ocala police noticed a man driving what was believed to be a stolen white Jeep Cherokee. When officers pulled the driver over, he took off in the vehicle.

The driver, later identified as 50-year-old Evan Ian Smith from Inverness, led officers onto I-75 south. At some point, Smith veered off the road and flipped the vehicle he was driving.

Crews attempted life-saving measures on Smith, but he was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.