Man charged in fiery turnpike crash that killed Toledo couple

Andrew D. Gans

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a Kent man travelling at more than 125 mph has been charged with vehicular homicide after his car struck a van, killing an elderly Toledo couple inside.

Andrew D. Gans, 24, faces two counts after Thursday night's crash on the Ohio Turnpike.

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 a minivan around 7:19 p.m. Wilbur and Margaret McCoy were killed after their minivan burst into flames after being struck.

Staff Lt. Anne Ralston said Gans suffered injuries that are not life-threatening and was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. He was later released from the hospital and taken to Lucas County jail.

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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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)