Driver sent to prison for deadly turnpike chase from Trumbull to Summit County
A Pennsylvania man is going to prison for a police pursuit that began in Lordstown and ended in a crash that killed two people.
Michael Simbo, 26, of Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania was sentenced by a Summit County judge on Thursday to a total of 11 years in prison.
Simbo was convicted earlier of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, and failing to comply with a police order.
State Troopers say they began chasing Simbo after he was clocked driving a BMW 94-miles-per-hour on the Ohio Turnpike in Lordstown in March of 2021.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says speeds then went over 100 miles per hour during the pursuit which continued onto State Route 8 in Summit County.
The vehicle was also wanted in connection with a shooting that happened in Pennsylvania.
Troopers say they ended the chase near Boston Mills Road because of a sharp curve on the highway.
It wasn’t long after that Troopers found that the BMW had crashed through a guardrail and overturned down an embankment.
The two passengers in the back seat, 22-year-old Ramon Smith of Flint, Michigan, and 16-year-old Ari'onna Taylor of Chester, Pennsylvania, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The front seat passenger, 18-year-old Starr Adams of Chester, Pennsylvania was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.