Six reported driver before fatal crash

Patrol releases 911 calls made in minutes leading up to Thanksgiving wreck.
Jessica Cuffman
Dec 10, 2013
Andrew Gans’ vehicle was a small gray blur on Thanksgiving Day as it sped past other vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike.

His Infiniti M56 ultimately smashed into the rear of a minivan, killing the elderly Toledo couple inside.

Six other motorists called 911 to alert troopers to the vehicle’s reckless speed leading up to the crash. They first spotted the vehicle in the westbound lane near the Amherst exit just before 7 p.m., according to recorded 911 calls the Ohio State Highway Patrol released Monday.

“We had a car that just flew by us weaving at over 100 mph,” the first caller told a dispatcher, who then asked the woman to describe the vehicle. That caller, like five others, was unable to describe the make or model. “I couldn’t tell, it was going so fast” she said.

A second caller, less than a minute later, was spot-on in his prediction of how it would end. “He’s going to kill somebody” the caller told the dispatcher. Dispatchers scrambled to guide troopers to the latest location of the Infiniti: at 7:03 p.m., at mile marker 126; at 7:07 p.m., mile marker 116; at 7:08 p.m., mile marker 115.

At 7:16 p.m., Gans’ car struck a vehicle near Ohio 4, according to the calls.

“We just had somebody sideswipe our car and keep going at, like, at least 85, 90 mph,” the motorist told dispatchers. She and her husband were lucky — they pulled over their vehicle at the plaza in Sandusky County and waited for troopers to make a report.

Three minutes later, the Infiniti slammed into the rear of a Chrysler Town and Country minivan about three miles west of the Ohio 53 exit in Fremont.

Two troopers had spotted the speeding vehicle, but they were unable to catch it.

The impact of the crash, and the fire that followed, killed the couple in the minivan: Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77.

Gans’ vehicle also burst into flames, but he was able to escape.

In 20 minutes he covered a 50-mile stretch of road that would normally take about 50 minutes to drive.

After the crash, Gans, 24, of Kent, was flown to a Toledo hospital for treatment and a psychiatric evaluation. Medical staff took a blood sample to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors. Gans faces two counts of vehicular homicide, filed in Sandusky County’s Clyde court. He remains in jail on $1 million bond.

Comments

MBR

Heartbreaking, tragic, and completely unnecessary. My condolences to the McCoy family.

mimi's word

I am glad people stepped up to try and help. It is sometimes comforting that although the end result is still a tragedy; people are still willing to help.

Uputwhatwhere7

Funny how everyone was so quick to blame the highway patrol for the crash before all the facts came out now not a single person can step up and take back what they said. That's just as sad as this tragedy.