Murray man killed in single-vehicle crash at end of pursuit

A Murray man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 80 in Calloway County Monday night following a high-speed pursuit.

According to the Calloway County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was patrolling on Highway 80 around 11 p.m. when they observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The vehicle reportedly turned onto Poor Farm Road where it intersects with US 641 North and accelerated in speed.

The pursuit continued to the area of Brinn Road, where the vehicle became airborne, causing the driver to lose control—the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side.  Deputy Todd Clere attempted to render medical aid while awaiting EMS, but the Coroner’s Office declared 56-year-old Phillip Croom of Murray dead at the scene.