UPDATE: Victim ID'd in police chase, fatal morning crash

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- One person is dead after a South Bend crash that began as a police chase went unnoticed for hours Saturday morning.

It all started around 1 a.m. with a police chase near Roosevelt Road and U.S. 31. Officials said that a police officer was following a white Nissan 300 to get a plate read, when it turned into a chase down Roosevelt. As both vehicles turned onto U.S. 31, the officer crashed into a semi. Both the driver of the semi and the officer suffered minor injuries.

Several hours later, after sunrise, the owner of a home in the 20000 block of Roosevelt called police, reporting that a car was in their backyard.

When St. Joseph County, South Bend and Mishawaka police responded to the scene, the white Nissan 300 from the early morning chase was found wrecked against a tree. A few feet away, the body of Kevin Combs, 32, of South Bend was discovered.

He had veered off the road, drove through fields and crashed into a tree, according to South Bend police. The impact ejected Combs from the car and into the tree. He was reported dead on scene.

The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T.) is investigating, which is standard procedure for serious crashes.

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