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Fatal Ohio Thanksgiving Day crash attributed to excessive speed

The patrol vehicles used by troopers of the Ohio Highway Patrol can reportedly travel at speeds topping out at about 130 miles per hour. Last week, on Thanksgiving evening, a car was moving so fast on the Ohio Turnpike southeast of Toledo that an OHP sergeant says he couldn’t even get close to it.

Sadly, and unsurprisingly, the outcome of that excessive speed -- with one estimate being that the driver of a 2013 Infiniti M56 might have even hit 150 miles per hour -- was a tragic car accident that killed two persons in another vehicle.

The fatal car crash occurred around 7:20 p.m. last Thursday, near Fremont, after the speeding driver rammed a minivan from behind. That vehicle was carrying two passengers.

Both vehicles burst into flames, with the minivan coming to a stop in the center lane. The car went off the road.

Tragically, both minivan occupants -- reportedly adults from Toledo -- died in the crash. The driver of the car, identified as a 24-year-old male from Kent, suffered only minor injuries.

Westbound lanes on the turnpike were closed for several hours following the accident, with traffic reportedly being tied up for several miles.

Eyewitness accounts of the speeder and resulting crash were harrowing.

“I have never seen a passenger car going so fast,” said one driver who was passed by the Infiniti. “[W]hen he passed me it was like I was going in reverse,” that motorist added.

Said another driver: “I was going 76, and the guy passed me like I was standing still.”

Source: Toledo Blade, "2 killed,1 injured in fiery turnpike crash," David Patch, Taylor Dungjen and Jane Schmucker, Nov. 28, 2013

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