In a case similar to one in which a Texas man died, a black teenager said he was grabbed by three white youths who yelled racial slurs and dragged him alongside their vehicle. Baron Manning, 17, of Belleville, Ill., said he suffered a clawed eye and abrasions.

"His clothes started tearing, his body started moving, he indicated to me that his head was about an inch from the wheel of the vehicle," the Rev. Johnny Scott said Saturday. "He thought he would be killed by the wheel running over him."Scott, president of the East St. Louis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, asked the FBI to join the investigation. The FBI would not comment Saturday.

Detective Sgt. Roger Barfield said Friday it was too early to tell if Manning was a victim of a copycat crime.