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Wrong way driver killed on Interstate 680 suffered from drug addiction

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

More is known now of what happened in the days leading up to the Austintown robbery, police pursuit and deadly head-on crash on Interstate 680.

That wrong way driver who died was consumed by drug addiction and allegedly committed a crime against his own family just the day before.

We've learned that 47-year-old Steven Mango of Guilford Lake has actually spent most of his life in prison, and leading up to what unfolded on Interstate 680 was convicted of a deadly crash that killed one person, and injured others and sent him to prison.

That crash happened back in 2001 after Mango robbed the Yankee Kitchen in Boardman and fled on Market Street causing a multiple vehicle crash at Midlothian Boulevard.  One person died after that crash and Mango was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and was just released in February of 2014.

On Wednesday Mango's own mother reported that her son Steve went fishing in his grandmother's pickup truck and never returned.

His mother also believes her purse was stolen by her son containing numerous credit and debit cards and about $150 in cash.

She told police her son may have been at one of two possible drug houses in Youngstown.

On Thursday the 47-year-old allegedly robbed the Dollar Tree store on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown, punching the store clerk in the face and stealing $50. Mango was spotted by police on the interstate and led them on a high-speed chase, sometimes going at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Mango's mother and grandmother say despite what the public might think he was a good hearted man, but they admit he had a serious drug problem.

His family feels it's time the public is educated about addiction.  They tell 21 News Mango had just been released from a drug treatment program three weeks ago and had begged to be returned to something similar to a half-way house, but claim Medicaid told him there was no money for that type of treatment program.

Mango's family believes in the end he just couldn't outrun the drug demons that wouldn't stop chasing him.

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