Man at wheel of stolen vehicle dies in crash on Interstate 75 in Marion County

A 50-year-old Inverness man at the wheel of a stolen vehicle died in a crash Thursday night on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

Evan Ian Smith had been at the wheel of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee heading north at 11:46 p.m. on I-75 at Mile Marker 355 when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned multiple times, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP had been called in to assist the Ocala Police Department in its pursuit of the vehicle.

Smith, who had not been wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle in the crash. He was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.