Suspected shoplifter crashes car, killing passenger in Youngstown

Boardman Police said the driver sped off toward Youngstown, but they called off the chase because the roads were snow-covered

YOUNSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – One woman is dead and another injured after crashing a vehicle following a police chase early Tuesday morning.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased woman as 23-year-old Taylor Duvall, of Youngstown. The driver was identified as 32-year-old Nicole Mitchell.

Police said a chase began after following suspected shoplifters from the Walgreens at the corner of Market Street and U.S. 224.Nicole Mitchell; charged as the driver of a police chase in Boardman.

About 1:30 a.m., police responded to the store after reports that a woman filled a cart with items and ran out of the store. A manager said the woman got into a red Honda Civic.

“Witnesses at the store had given a description of the suspect, and also a vehicle description and a license plate,” said Boardman Police Det. Glenn Patton.

The description matched at least one theft at that same store last month.

“One of our officers located the vehicle down around South and Midlothian, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop,” Patton said.

Patton said Mitchell sped off down Midlothian Boulevard. Because the roads were snow-covered, police called off the chase.

“It looks like from the time the officer initially tried to initiate the stop, it was approximately a 60-second pursuit, when he stopped,” Patton said. “Then, maybe another few minutes afterward, that they found the vehicle crashed.”

The car crashed and rolled over a short time later near Compton Lane on the south side.

Duvall was pronounced dead at the scene. The Mahoning County Coroner said she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Although Youngstown Police are still looking into the crash, they said it appears the car may have hit a utility pole.

Police said Mitchell walked away from the crash, but they found her nearby later. Officers said she had keys to the car when she was caught and admitted she was driving at the time of the crash.

Mitchell was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital where she remains in stable condition. She could be facing some serious charges once she’s released.

Boardman police said the driver will be charged with theft and fleeing and eluding initially. More charges could come after Youngstown Police’s investigation of the crash.

“If people would just pull over, then the minor crimes, we can deal with. But then they’re starting to put the public in jeopardy and themselves in jeopardy,” Patton said.

The items that were reported stolen from Walgreens included diapers and deodorant.