Driver pleads not guilty in Thanksgiving crash that killed elderly couple

Wilbur and Margaret McCoy died in the car crash on the Ohio Turnpike.

A driver has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the fiery Thanksgiving crash that killed an elderly couple on the Ohio Turnpike.

24-year-old Andrew Gans made an court appearance Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.

Gans led officials on a high-speed chase westbound of the turnpike as some drivers returned home from finishing their Thanksgiving dinners. Several witnesses called Ohio State Highway Patrol of a car weaving in and out of traffic near Fremont.

Officials said Gans' car reached speeds faster than 100 mph over the course of 17 miles. Gans' car eventually rear-ended the minivan of Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, causing both vehicles to erupt into flames. The couple instantly died as a result of the crash.

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Gans is being held behind bars on a $1 million cash or surety bond. According to Sandusky County Clerk of Courts, a future court date has not been set as of this time.