Two people killed in a fiery Thanksgiving Day crash ,caused by a speeding driver on the Ohio Turnpike, have been identified as an elderly Toledo couple.
Wilbur and Margaret McCoy were killed Thursday evening after their minivan was struck from behind as they traveled westbound on the turnpike near Fremont. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the McCoy's vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle being driven at a speed of 125 mph by Andrew Gans, 24, of Kent.
Gans had been leading troopers on a high-speed chase in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, weaving in and out of traffic, before crashing into the McCoy's vehicle around 7:19 p.m.
Troopers say the McCoys, who neighbors knew as "Mack" and "Peg", were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Officials believe those seatbelts may have prevented the couple from escaping their vehicle after it burst into flames following the crash.
Gans did get out of his vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. He suffered non life threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital.
The Kent native was booked into the Lucas County Jail on Friday evening.
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Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Anne Ralston said Gans underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the hospitsl. He was also interviewed by investigators and now faces two charges of vehicular homicide with a reckless driving specification.
A court date for Gans has not yet been set.
Travelers along the Ohio Turnpike Thursday evening said they witnessed the suspect's vehicle weaving in and out of traffic at excessively high speeds. Calls to police began shortly before 7 p.m. Patrol officers said they were in pursuit of the vehicle but were not able to keep up with it. Gans traveled nearly 60 miles in 20 minutes before crashing into the minivan.