The horrific Ohio crash that killed an elderly couple was caused by a reckless driver who was going at a reported speed of about 150 mph. The Ohio crash video footage showing the aftermath of the fiery wreck has now been released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Associated Press reported on Dec. 10.
Video footage from the Ohio crash was captured by a police cruiser's dash camera and it shows the driver, 24-year-old Andrew D. Gans, racing past officers at breakneck speeds. Shortly after the car sped past troopers, the fiery aftermath of the crash can be seen.
The couple killed in the Ohio crash were identified as Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both were 77-years-old. They were killed instantly after their mini-van was rear ended and burst into flames.
The Ohio crash occurred along the Ohio Turnpike, which serves as a primary corridor to Chicago and Pittsburgh and runs east–west in the northern section of the state.
Family and neighbors were shocked to hear of the tragic Ohio crash that killed the couple on Thanksgiving.
"I think it's so senseless," said Bernadine Marsrow, a neighbor of the Toledo, Ohio couple. It's five simple words that sum up an accident that took the lives of the elderly couple.
Investigators believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash. However, this has not been confirmed as of yet.
Police who witnessed the car speeding shortly before the Ohio crash occurred stated that the vehicle was traveling so fast that they had trouble trying to catch up to the car.
"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," Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman said. "We were simply trying to catch up and intercept this vehicle and get it stopped."
The Ohio crash video shows Gans' car zooming past police and then vanishing a short while later. "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 Associated Press writes.
The trooper rushes to the crash scene with a fire extinguisher, yelling to bystanders to see if anyone is in the car. A man is heard telling the trooper the car passed him going "about 150 mph."
Miraculously, Gans suffered only minor injuries in the Ohio crash and he was treated at a nearby hospital.
Police say Gans was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide with a reckless specification for his role in the fatal Ohio crash and he is currently incarcerated at the Lucas County Jail on $1 million bond.
In October, a month before the aforementioned Ohio crash, 6 people were killed after a car and a police cruiser collided at an intersection near Ohio's capital, CBS News reports.
The officer was heading to the scene of a robbery with his lights and sirens on when he entered the intersection at the start of a yellow light and slammed into the victims’ vehicle, which was stopped in the middle of the intersection for unknown reasons.
The victims in the crash were a male driver and five female passengers were killed, one of the victims was a small child.
The officer sustained a serious head injury as a result of the crash and he was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released and has made a full recovery.
You can view the Ohio crash footage in the video above this article.