Driver and engine thrown from car during violent Kelly Avenue car crash in Akron

Posted at 5:57 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 16:46:37-04

Police are investigating a two-car crash in Akron that ejected one person and sent an engine bouncing down the street overnight.

According to police, it happened just after midnight Wednesday.

Two cars were headed northbound on Kelly Avenue near Reed Avenue at a high rate of speed. Witnesses told police they believed the drivers were racing.

One of the drivers went off the right side of the road, jumped a sidewalk and drove through a fence at American Medical Response. The out of control car then hit a parked car, sending it sliding nearly 50 feet into a parking spot next to a parked ambulance. The speeding car then hit a pole and landed on its side on top of a guardrail.

The male driver was ejected through the windshield but when officers and firefighters arrived they said he was up walking around. A female passenger had to be freed from the car the by the fire department but she was also talking at the scene. Police said both had injuries but nothing appeared to be serious.

During the crash, the engine was ripped from the car and sent bouncing down Kelly Avenue, coming to rest in the southbound lanes about 75 feet from where the car landed on the guardrail. The second car that witnesses believed was racing was hit by the engine, tearing it's fender off. That driver also stopped after the crash.

Police are still investigating whether the drivers were racing.