BELOIT, Ohio (WYTV) – The Ohio State Patrol in Canfield is investigating a crash that occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on 5th Street at Stanley Avenue in the Village of Beloit.
The right front passenger, Curtis Bauer, 43, of Alliance was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, Bryan Whitehurst, 41, also of Alliance was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown and is critically injured, according to police.
“It’s a tragedy, it resulted in a fatality,” said OSP Lieutenant Jerad Sutton, who says this never should have happened.
A Sebring police officer observed a 2012 Chrysler 300 commit a traffic violation and was about to initiate a traffic stop. Whitehurst ran the red light at Ohio Avenue and 12th Street, and sped away.
“If you’re stopped by an officer, there is a reason,” Sutton said. “There is no need to take it to another step and attempt to avoid the police.”
Whitehurst continued for about a mile before failing to negotiate a curve. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree and house. The car sustained extensive damage.
The passenger was wearing his seat belt but the impact of the crash was so severe, it threw him out of the car.
OSP says alcohol was a factor in the accident because Whitehurst was impaired while driving.
“If you’re going to drink and drive, make sure to have a sober driver, and something like this obviously could have been avoided,” Sutton said. “Reminder to wear your seatbelts. They do save lives, it is state law.”
The house on 5th Street has minor damage, but the residents were not injured.
The crash is still under investigation.