Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
A 24-year-old Hamilton man is dead after a police chase with speeds hitting 120 mph ended in a crash in Liberty Township early today, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Kevin Cummings, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:09 a.m. accident on Princeton Road just west of VanGorden Road, according to the patrol’s Hamilton post.
A state trooper on routine patrol clocked Cummings’ black, 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback sedan speeding in a 40 mph zone on Cincinnati-Dayton Road near Ohio 129 at 1:05 a.m., a dispatcher said.
The trooper, whose name was not immediately released, flipped on his cruiser’s lights and siren and gave chase.
Cummings did a U-turn in the middle of the road and sped off.
He accelerated, with speeds exceeding 100 mph, said Sgt. Sean Wickman.
The trooper and Cummings passed another trooper, but the pursuit was so swift, the second trooper was not able to assist.
“By the time (the trooper) did a U-turn, he was not able to catch up; they were moving so fast,” Wickman said.
The chase ensued on Cincinnati-Dayton Road to Princeton Road, where Cummings lost control of his vehicle just west of VanGorden Road.
The Subaru ran off the right side of the road, hit a utility pole and a tree, Wickman said.
“He was probably running 120 (mph) when he crashed,” the sergeant said.
The speed limit in that area is 55 mph.
ummings wore a seat belt but still sustained fatal injuries.
The trooper was not hurt, Wickman said.
Authorities found open containers of beer and Mike’s Hard Lemondade in Cummings’ car.
“This car was destroyed, so there isn’t much left of it,” Wickman said.
State troopers are permitted to chase speeders, Wickman said. The patrol’s policy calls for pursuits to be terminated when the risk to the public and/or the suspect outweighs the need to apprehend the suspect.
“There was no other traffic on the road,” he responded when asked why the chase was not terminated as speeds exceeded 100 mph.