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The crash followed a police pursuit

Coroner identifies victim in fatal multi-vehicle crash in Warren

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WARREN, Ohio -

The Trumbull County Coroner's Office has identified the victim of an overnight crash that left one person dead and injured others at Parkman Road and West Market Street in Warren, closing the intersection for five hours.

According to the Coroner's Office 34-year-old Anthony Blackwell, of Warren, died of multiple blunt force traumas as a result of the crash. 

Joseph Lee Myers, 31, appeared for video arraignment Friday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault, failure to comply with a police order, and driving without a license.  Since the charges are felonies, an automatic "not guilty" plea was entered on Myers behalf.

Police say Myers was driving the Toyota Prius that was the subject of police pursuit that ended just moments before the crash.

At around 10:45 pm Thursday, police say the Prius failed to stop for an officer was attempting to pull it over for allegedly making an improper turn on Fulton Street near Pine Ave.

Police followed the Prius to South Street.

As speeds reached 60 miles per hour, the officer was ordered to end the pursuit near West Market Street.

Within a minute, the officer who was chasing the Prius found that the car had crashed, causing a chain reaction involving four vehicles at the intersection of West Market Street and Parkman Road.

Witness Cody Chambers said miraculously his vehicle wasn't hit. But, said moments later there was a misunderstanding when the female passenger who had been in the vehicle with the suspect told cops "I was in the car with him."

"So the cop took it as me," said Chambers. "And I told him that he took off running and stuff and he said, 'No I am the one that ran and that I was lying and that I was going to go to jail' and hurried up and grabbed me up and cuffed me and put me over. And like I said, I stood there for about three to four minutes until me and her were able to tell him it was not me driving that vehicle."

Police did capture and arrest Myers at Parkman and Front Street.

After first being treated at a hospital for injuries, Myers was booked into the Trumbull County Jail.

Several people were taken to Warren hospitals. The Warren Fire Department were called to help EMT;s remove two victims trapped in the wreckage.

One of the victims is a woman with a head injury. There is no information on the names or conditions of the others injured.

"I hope Anthony Blackwell and his family get justice," said Chambers.

The intersection was closed until nearly 4:30 while police conducted an investigation.
 

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