Videos from two police dash cams detailing the horrific high-speed Ohio crash that killed two people on the Ohio Turnpike Thanksgiving Day were released Tuesday by state authorities. The videos not only capture segments of a fruitless chase by both cruisers but also the deadly aftermath of a subsequent collision.
The Inquistr reported Dec. 10 that video footage from two police cruisers was released by the Ohio State Patrol that clearly indicated the state troopers had a difficult time trying to catch up with the speeding vehicle.
In one video of the Ohio crash, which can be found on YouTube, the car is seen moving at a high rate of speed past the trooper's cruiser, going so fast it disappears quickly into the distance. Footage from a second dash cam shows the speeding vehicle going past as that trooper becomes aware of the flying motorist. Both troopers gave chase.
Still, neither cruiser was able to overhaul the car, a 2013 Infinity, before it violently made contact with the van of a couple returning home from Thanksgiving dinner.
One of the videos of the Ohio crash shows the van aflame in the middle of the highway, vehicles moving to the sides of the road to avoid it, some stopped. As the trooper exits his car, he can be heard yelling, asking if anyone is still in the car. A man says there is as he runs back to a truck and grabs a fire extinguisher. The officer, already armed with one, begins spraying down the van, which is almost entirely engulfed in flames. Someone asks if a door can be opened and then both extinguishers become exhausted.
One of the men tells the trooper, "There was a guy that flew past me at about a hundred and fifty."
He then asks if the fire department is on the way and the trooper affirms that they are. The man is worried that the van is going to explode and warns an acquaintance to "get away from there." Just after the exchange about the fire department, something exploded within the van, possibly the battery or radiator, although the source is not readily clear.
Miraculously, the driver of the speeding car, later identified as 24-year-old Andrew D. Gans, emerged with only non-life-threatening injuries. However, Wilbur L. and Margaret A. McCoy, both 77, from Toledo, Ohio, the couple in the Town & Country van he plowed into, were not as fortunate. Both died at the scene of the crash.
Gans was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. He will also have to submit to a psychiatric evaluation. According to the Associated Press, he was also subsequently taken to jail, where he was being held on a $1 million bond.
It is as yet unclear why Gans was traveling as fast as he was, moving at speeds between 125 and 150 miles per hour in a posted 70 mph zone. Witnesses not only reported the high rate of speed prior to the Ohio Turnpike crash but also that Gans' vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic as it rocketed down the highway.
Although alcohol and/or drugs of some kind are suspected, toxicology reports on Andrew Gans have yet to be made available.