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Updated: 4:26 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 | Posted: 2:46 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014

ID released of fatal victim in high-speed pursuit

By Breaking News Staff and Mark Gokavi

Staff Writer


The Montgomery County Coroner's Office released the identity of the person who was killed during a high-speed pursuit that ended in Trotwood Thursday night.

The person who died was a pedestrian - Agyasi J. Ector, according to the coroner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for today on Ector, an Olive Road resident. He was reportedly struck by the vehicle officers were chasing.

Ector's uncle tells us his nephew was walking to work when he was struck and killed.

In addition to the one fatality, two people were injured in the chase, which reached speeds of nearly 100 mph. Police have not released their names but said they are two males younger than 20 years old. They were treated and released from a local hospital.

The pursuit began in Harrison Twp. and ended with a crumpled car crashing near the Lowe's on Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood.

Trotwood police Capt. John Porter said a task force, working with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, was attempting to "stop and locate" a man who did not have a warrant for his arrest. Porter said the chase began at about 2:10 p.m. and was over before 3 p.m.

"The gentleman is known to run from police," Porter said. "They were conducting a drug investigation. They were trying to stop him before he got into the car. They were not able to do so. He got into the car and a pursuit ensued after he did ram two other police cruisers occupied by two police officers."

The identities and conditions of the two injured were not released. It remains unclear who was in the car.

Porter said that after hitting the two police vehicles, the car eluded law enforcement. A Trotwood police detective spotted it again in the Sycamore Woods area of Trotwood. When a marked police car arrived, the driver took off, heading east on Shiloh Springs Road, across the street from the Miami Valley Child Development Center parking lot, and struck a telephone pole before landing in a ditch.

Tire tracks from the eastbound lane to the westbound lane were visible. The car's hood was smashed in, its windshield shattered. It was pulled from the ditch at about 5 p.m. as investigators took pictures and measurements, and towed away an hour later.

Agencies on the scene included Trotwood police, the sheriff's office, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office and Ohio Highway Patrol.

Porter could not say which task force was trying to locate the man, if he has a criminal record or the exact route the car took in a chase that began in Harrison Twp. and weaved through Trotwood.

"There were many times that our cruisers could not catch up to the individual," Porter said. "Even at the time of the crash, we believe our cruisers were not even at this intersection back behind us (at Olive Road and Shiloh Springs)."

Thursday's fatality comes more than a year after two people were killed and others injured when a speeding car headed north on Ohio 741 crossed the center line and smashed head-on into a car at the Moraine-West Carrollton city limits.

A southbound Miami Twp. police officer spotted the speeding car south of the crash scene that day and estimated the white sedan's speed at more than 100 mph, according to his radio message. The officer never caught up to the white sedan before the crash in April 2013.

In 2011, two separate high-speed chases resulted in fatalities.

The first occurred in May of that year, when Marcus Israel of Middletown drove a car that struck and killed Warren County sheriff's Deputy Brian Dulle on U.S. 42 at Utica Road. Then in July, suspect Anthony Barnhart died in a crash on State Route 741 in Miami Twp. while driving more than 80 mph in the southbound lane and struck a car, injuring that driver.

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