Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, were trapped inside their Chrysler Town and Country after a car operating at speeds of more than 125 mph slammed into their vehicle.
Video obtained by the Register Monday shows a heart-racing and hopeless pursuit as troopers tried to catch the Infiniti M56 driven by Andrew Gans, 24, of Kent, before his reckless driving injured someone.
Dashcam video shows an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper first spotted the sports car at about 6:55 p.m., when the Infiniti flew by the trooper westbound in the far right lane, leaving all other traffic in its dust.
Watch the video in the player below
The trooper almost instantly lost sight of the car, even as the cruiser accelerated. More than 10 minutes later, Gans’ vehicle hadn’t lost speed when another trooper, eastbound, made a U-turn as the Infiniti sped by, captured on video at 7:06 p.m.
That trooper, too, tried to catch the speeding car, activating the cruiser’s lights and sirens. On the video, the trooper expresses his frustration, yelling as vehicles in front of him hesitate to move to the right, out of the way.
He tries to pass the other vehicles, to catch up. But the pursuit was impossible. Then at 7:17 p.m., the worst happened.
The trooper closest in pursuit came upon the minivan in flames. Other motorists were around the vehicle, trying to get the McCoys out, but the fire kept them back. “Is there anyone in there?” the trooper yelled to other motorists as he headed toward the van with a fire extinguisher. “Yeah, there’s two people in there,” a trucker yelled back. The trooper emptied his fire extinguisher on the blaze. But it wasn’t enough.
Though Gans’ vehicle rear-ended the minivan and his car went off the side of the road into the ditch, he escaped the crash relatively unscathed. Other motorists who went down the hill to help him found the vehicle empty and Gans standing at the side of the road.
When troopers figured out who he was, Gans told them he was injured, and they made sure he was stabilized until help came. “Sit him down and do not let him out of your sight” one of them said. He remains in the Sandusky County jail on two charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and a $1 million bond.