A 55-year-old Calhoun man was apparently already dead or dying when he crashed into three vehicles and a light pole at the intersection of Louisville Avenue and DeSiard Street on Monday morning.
Doctors at St. Francis Medical Center told Monroe police they believe the man, Wilbur Evans, was dying of an aneurysm or heart attack before the crashes.
Evans, driving a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero, was headed east on Louisville when he rammed into the back of a 2009 Dodge Caravan.
The woman driving the Caravan said that when she looked in her rearview mirror, Evans was unresponsive and slumped over, according to Lt. Larry "Smoke" Matthews, supervisor of the Monroe Police Department's traffic division.
The woman pulled her van into a turning lane after she was hit, but the Alero kept going, running into the back of a 1998 Ford Mustang that was stopped at a red light. The Mustang then hit a 2002 Kia Sedona, and when the two cars moved to the side of the road, the Alero crashed into a light pole before coming to a stop.
Monroe fire personnel gave CPR to Evans, but he was unresponsive. Evans was declared dead on arrival at St. Francis Medical Center.
None of the other drivers suffered significant injuries, according to police.
Evans' body will likely be sent to Little Rock, Ark., for autopsy on Tuesday.
Police did not release his address.