One dead after high-speed chase

Published 10:36 am Monday, June 29, 2015

SOUTH POINT — A weekend high-speed chase that led police from Hanging Rock to South Point resulted in one person dead and another seriously injured.

Sgt. Chris Smith of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the post received the call around 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning that the Hanging Rock Police Department was in pursuit of a vehicle, which failed to yield for a traffic stop on Sunday morning.

“When we got the call they were on U.S. 52 and they had already passed the patrol in South Point,” said Sgt. Chris Smith.

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Smith said the driver of the vehicle turned onto the 17th Street bridge entrance ramp going “in excess of 100 miles per hour.”

“As they were making the exit, the curve to the exit, they lost control,” Smith said, which caused the car to enter the grassy area on the left side of the road. “Once they hit the embankment, they went airborne over three lanes of highway.”

Smith said the car got about 165 feet in the air.

The car landed nose-first, hit a utility pole and went over the hill on the Chesapeake side of the bridge.

The passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office. The driver was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center and remains in intensive care as of this morning. Their identities are not known at this time, according to Smith.

No other cars were involved in the accident. One lane of the bridge was closed for a short time after the accident, as well as County Road 1 below the bridge.