The Ohio State Highway Patrol released the chilling dashcam video footage Tuesday of the fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on Thanksgiving.
The video shows the difficulty troopers had in catching up to the speeding car, which one officer said was going "about 150 mph," according to The Associated Press.
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One video shows the car speeding past a trooper on the right and disappearing in the distance. A second video shows a trooper alerted to the speeding vehicle about to turn around on the Ohio Turnpike when a car speeds past. The trooper tries unsuccessfully to catch the car, and about 10 minutes later comes across a crash scene with cars on fire.
The trooper rushes to the crash with a fire extinguisher, yelling to bystanders to see if anyone is in the car.
The driver, 24-year-old Andrew D. Gans, of Kent, faces two counts of vehicular homicide with a reckless specification. He's in jail on $1 million bond.
The victims, Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, of Toledo, were wearing seatbelts when they were hit and were trapped inside of the minivan, the patrol said.
Gans suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation at a Toledo hospital, said staff Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman. He was later released from the hospital and taken to Lucas County jail, according to the hospital and jail records.
Gans has spoken with investigators, but Ralston declined to comment on what he said or whether he offered any explanation for his alleged erratic driving.
Two troopers separately spotted Gans' car but weren't able to catch or keep up with it before the crash near Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of Toledo, Ralston said.
Other drivers began calling dispatchers about the speeding, weaving vehicle just before 7 p.m., about 20 minutes before it crashed into the back of the minivan. The driver covered roughly 60 miles in that time and passed two troopers, each of whom tried to pull behind the westbound car but lost sight of it as it sped away, Ralston said.
"Just because it was going so fast, we were never able to get into a position where we were actually engaged in a pursuit with it," Ralston said. "We were simply trying to catch up and intercept this vehicle and get it stopped."
The speeding vehicle stunned some holiday travelers who witnessed it.
Josh Pickett of Toledo told The Toledo Blade that he was headed home from Thanksgiving dinner with relatives in Cleveland when the speeding driver passed him, followed about a minute later by a state police cruiser.
"I was going 76, and the guy passes me like I was standing still," Pickett told the newspaper.
He said within a few minutes, traffic suddenly stopped "and I saw really big flames."
Ty Mahaffey told The Blade a car zoomed by him "at an enormously high rate of speed. ... I have never seen a passenger car going so fast."
The Toledo resident said he was going around 80 mph "and when he passed me, it was like I was going in reverse." He said afterward he had to pull over briefly to collect himself.
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