NewsLocal NewsPortage County News


Man who allegedly fled from troopers, killed woman in crash facing felony charges

Posted at 12:42 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 17:59:30-04

RAVENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A 27-year-old man who allegedly fled from a traffic stop and crashed his car, killing the passenger inside, has been indicted on multiple charges.

Joshua C.P.I. Kalili has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, OVI, two counts of resisting arrest, reckless operation and the illumination of a rear license plate, according to Portage County Court of Common Pleas documents.

The crash happened April 18 around midnight on State Route 59 in Ravenna Township following a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, according to a police report.

Camera footage from inside a trooper's cruiser shows authorities place a man inside the cruiser's back seat but then order him out moments later to handcuff him. The man can be seen struggling with the troopers, who then deployed a taser. Another struggle ensued, but the man broke free, jumped in his vehicle and drove off.

Authorities said the two troopers sustained injuries in the altercation.

You can watch the video in the player below. WARNING: Video contains graphic content and language.

One of the passengers exited the vehicle as Kalili was allegedly driving away, and they were taken into custody. A second passenger, later identified as Brianna Lewandowski, remained in the car as it drove away, authorities said.

Kalili later allegedly crashed the vehicle he was driving. Lewandowski died from injuries sustained in the crash, authorities said.

Kalili was arrested, charged and held in lieu of a $1 million bond. He has a jury trial scheduled for July 9.