A female motorist ended up in the hospital after a fleeing suspect struck her vehicle during a Cincinnati police chase on Tuesday, February 23rd. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, the accident involving Shakiya Lewis, 35, happened before 1 p.m.
The crash happened in the 600 block of William Howard Taft Road in Walnut Hills. The police said the events leading to the occurrence began after they responded to reports of a man waving a gun on Oak Street.
The suspect, 32-year-old Michale Shelton, drove off when he saw the police, leading to a high-speed Cincinnati police chase. The investigators reported that the pursuit lasted for a minute. The man ran a red light and crashed into Lewis’s car; she had the right of way.
The impact left the woman with severe injuries, and medics rushed her to Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition. Shelton sustained non-life-threatening wounds and received treatment at UCMC. The police listed his condition as serious.
The investigators noted that neither the suspect nor the victim wore seatbelts when the collision occurred. They listed excessive speed as a factor but have not determined or ruled out impairment. The police asked witnesses to come forth and give their statements.
Speed is a leading cause of motor vehicle collisions, and crashes at intersections are not uncommon. Most times, they result from drivers running a red light or failing to yield the right of way to other drivers.
The best way to avoid collisions of this nature is by obeying traffic rules and regulations. Also, before crossing, look closely to ensure nobody is trying to beat the traffic. If an accident occurs, call the police, and avoid taking blame until you get legal representation. Consult an Ohio car accident attorney immediately.