‘My friend’s death could have been prevented;’ Woman speaks out after deadly Miami Co. pursuit, crash

BETHEL TWP., Miami County — Friends of a woman killed in a crash caused by a driver being pursued by police in Miami County last week are speaking out, saying the woman’s death could have been completely avoided.

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Chelsey Vollmer, 32, was the driver of a vehicle hit by an SUV driven by Jalen Alexander, 19, at the intersection of U.S. 40 and state Route 202 last Tuesday.

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Alexander was being pursued by Troy police after he took off from an attempted traffic stop and speeds in the pursuit reached over 100 mph, police previously told News Center 7. Alexander had warrants for his arrest stemming from cases in Miami and Greene counties, police said.

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Destiny Burrick, a friend of Vollmer spoke to News Center 7 Monday, and said Vollmer shouldn’t have died and she’s working hard to not be bitter about her friend’s death.

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“(Alexander) knew what he was doing, he didn’t want to stop and because of that he cost his own life and somebody the world needed’s life,” Burrick told News Center 7′s Mike Campbell.

“It just hurts, I feel for his mother, I do, but my friend’s death could have been prevented; it just breaks my heart,” she said.

Vollmer’s daughter, 17-month-old Ezra Smith, was in the car at the time of the crash and was injured. The girl was rescued from the wreckage, taken to an area hospital, and has since been released since receiving treatment.

Burrick said Vollmer was taking Ezra to daycare before heading to her job at at Tipp City dental office when the crash happened.

Alexander’s girlfriend, identified as Tashaia Tipton, was in his SUV when the crash happened. She told police Alexander did nothing to avoid the crash.

“She brought up the fact that he did nothing,” said Troy police Capt. Jeff Kunkleman.

Tipton told police Alexander’s mindset was “if I’m going, you’re going with me,” Kunkleman said.

Services for Vollmer will be held at Southbrook Church on April 8 at 5 p.m.