A police car chase ended in a multi-vehicle collision in Champion, with two people injured. The accident happened just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29th. The crash occurred after the fleeing driver drove through a traffic light without stopping.
The accident occurred on Route 85 at Route 305, leading to the closure of the intersection. Investigators with the Ohio State Highway said the police started chasing 30-year-old Steven Jeter Jr., 30, of Youngstown in Bazetta. The police in Bazetta stopped the chase, and officers in Champion continued when they spotted him.
Jeter Jr.’s Dodge Challenger went south on Route 45, and it went through a traffic light. The act caused the car to hit two other vehicles and two utility poles. The investigators said the car stopped, and they took the man into custody as he tried climbing out to escape. He and a girl in another vehicle sustained minor injuries and received treatment.
The OSHP said four vehicles were impacted in the accident, with debris from the primary collision striking one. Ohio Edison responded at the crash site and repaired the damaged telephone poles. The multi-vehicle collision in Champion led to the closure of SR 45 in both directions from SR 305 to Glendola Avenue until the completion of the phone repairs.
When a car accident happens, the person at fault pays compensation to the other party or parties involved. This is because Ohio is a fault-based car accident state. Crash victims can receive compensation for medical treatment, vehicle damages, out-of-pocket expenses, emotional distress, etc. In addition, in accidents where there is evidence of gross negligence, the victim may get punitive damages if they file a lawsuit.
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