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Pennsylvania man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide after fatal turnpike crash

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-18 15:22:51-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — A Pennsylvania man has been charged after Tuesday's fatal turnpike crash.

On Tuesday, troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a vehicle that was traveling at a speed of 94 mph on the Ohio Turnpike in the Lordstown area.

Troopers pursued the vehicle up to a construction zone before terminating the chase.

Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle again when it left the construction zone. Troopers pursued the vehicle, which exited at State Route 8 southbound to Boston Mills Road.

A supervisor terminated the pursuit again due to the terrain in the area, according to OSHP.

Eventually, troopers found the vehicle, which had veered off the left side of the road and hit a guardrail and overturned.

The driver, 24-year-old Michael Simbo, was transported to Summa Health Systems' Akron City Hospital, and an 18-year-old woman who had non-life-threatening injuries was transported there as well. Ramon Smith, 22, and Ari'onna Taylor, 16, seated in the back of the car at the time of the crash, were pronounced dead at the scene.

After being treated and released from the hospital, Simbo was taken to the Summit County Jail and charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, and failure to comply.

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