Accident Investigation Unit Investigating Fatal Crash and Injury to Police Officer
Today at approximately 12:30pm, Second District Detectives were in the area of W. 32nd Street and Clark Avenue conducting a crime initiative and surveillance of a suspect believed to be involved in drug activity. The officers observed this suspect enter a Nissan and begin driving. The officers followed and attempted to stop the vehicle by activating sirens and lights. The suspect vehicle then fled, causing a motor vehicle accident at Seymour Avenue and Scranton Road in which at least one motorist was injured.
The suspect vehicle continued into the area of West 14th Street and Fairfield Avenue northbound and approached a construction site, did a U-turn and proceeded southbound on West 14th Street. Witnesses reported that the suspect vehicle very nearly struck a construction worker, fish-tailed, lost control, crossed over into the oncoming lane and struck an undercover police vehicle travelling north on West. 14th Street.
The police officer driving the undercover vehicle was entrapped in the vehicle and extracted by firefighters. He sustained significant injuries, though not life threatening. The suspect driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cleveland Division of Police Accident Investigation Unit responded to the scene to investigate the motor vehicle accident. This matter will be further investigated.