Wrong-way driver in fatal I-380 wreck is also a murder suspect in Illinois


CEDAR RAPIDS – The driver who drove in the wrong direction on Sunday Interstate 380 North, who caused a fatal crash, is also the culprit in a 2017 homicide case in Winnebago County, Illinois.

According to the Winnebago County District Court office, Tyler S. Lee, 34, is charged with first degree murder and 11 other crimes in a fatal shootout in Loves Park, a small town about 130 kilometers northwest of Chicago.

The Rockford Register Star reported that Loves Park officials responded to a shootout at around 4 a.m. on May 20, 2017, in which they found 38-year-old Christopher Peters was fatally shot.

Police said Lee and Peters were involved in an altercation when the shooting occurred.

Lee was arrested the same day police ransacked his home and confiscated quantities of cocaine and marijuana and marijuana plants.

Court records show Lee was charged with the drugs, but the murder charge came later.

The district court office said that on November 1, 2017, an indictment of murder was filed against Lee and his bail was set at $ 1 million.

He was later released when $ 100,000 – or 10 percent – of his loan was deposited, the clerk’s office said.

It is not yet known whether Lee in Linn County will face charges for his involvement in the Sunday wreck that killed one person and injured two others.

Police said Lee drove in the wrong direction on Interstate 380 North near the Seventh Street NE exit when his Ford F-150 collided with a Chevrolet Suburban, killing passenger, 23-year-old David Phuong Nguyen of Cedar Rapids, and seriously injuring driver Rylee Brooke Wallingford, 20, also from Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Police made no comment on the Illinois case, but said accident reconstruction specialists are investigating the deadly wreck. Upon completion, the results will be submitted to the Linn County Attorney’s Office for review.

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Accident scene on Interstate 380 heading north near 7th Street NE in Cedar Rapids early Sunday morning, March 7, 2021. (Cedar Rapids Police Photo)


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