By Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2020

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis police supervisor had instructed officers to back off and not initiate a chase with a car before it crashed Wednesday, killing the driver and someone in another vehicle, a newly released audio clip of a police radio transmission shows.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the supervisor can be heard in the audio that was released Friday telling the officers to allow a helicopter to “maintain a visual” on the car, an Infiniti Q50. It crashed about five seconds later about 1 miles (1.61 kilometers) from where police first tried to initiate the traffic stop.

The driver, 39-year-old Daron Whitt, was killed, as well as a second, unidentified person in another vehicle. In all, four vehicles were involved in the crash. Police say the Infiniti was going about 120 mph at the time of the crash.

Officers say they first tried to stop Whitt because they suspected the same Infiniti was on the scene of a Dec. 4 assault.

Whitt’s wife, Nayesha Courtney, said Friday that Whitt never committed an assault and had spent the day making preparations to open a coffee shop.

Crowds gathered downtown and at the scene of the crash Thursday night to commemorate Whitt and protest.

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