AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department is working to locate a driver who ditched a vehicle and left a passenger dead after crashing into a construction dumpster in Akron Sunday.
At approximately 12:07 a.m. Sunday, officers initiated a traffic stop with a BMW for a moving violation in the area of Cole Avenue and Marcy Street.
When officers left their vehicles, the driver took off at a high-rate of speed.
Officers attempted to follow the vehicle but lost sight of it.
A few minutes later, at around 12:10 a.m., the BMW was found crashed in the 1200 block of Andrus Street.
Police determined it was traveling north on Andrus Street at a high rate of speed when it struck a construction dumpster and then an unoccupied Volkswagen Jetta that was parked on the side of the street.
A passenger in the BMW, identified as 23-year-old Keera Bradley, of Akron, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the BMW had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash. Speed is considered a contributing factor.
Investigators are working to identify and locate the driver.
Bradley's mother, Debbie King, can't understand how the driver could take off leaving her daughter to die alone.
"I think right now I need answers, but I also need to know who the driver is with the car because I feel they need to be charged with my daughter's death for leaving the scene," King said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.
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