A Findlay woman died early Wednesday when her car crashed into a house on Hancock County 220 in Mortimer following a multi-county police pursuit.
Crystal K. Moore, 48, was identified as the woman being chased by police. She died at the accident scene.
Moore was involved in an earlier chase after a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop her vehicle on U.S. 30 near Ohio 602, east of Bucyrus, for a speeding violation. Moore did not stop and a pursuit began.
Crawford County sheriff’s deputies were joined by a trooper from the Bucyrus post of the State Highway Patrol. The chase continued to Upper Sandusky, where the pursuing officers stopped. The state patrol contacted the Findlay Police Department to check several addresses in Findlay for the vehicle. They asked that the driver be held if located.
At 3:53 a.m. Wednesday, a Findlay police officer saw the vehicle in the 2800 block of South Main Street and attempted to stop it. Moore then took off, leading police on a high-speed chase through Findlay and then north on Main Street.
The pursuit continued north on North Main Street/Hancock County 220 into Allen Township, where Moore’s vehicle crossed the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Mortimer, north of Hancock County 216. At that point the driver lost control, went off the road, crashed into a mailbox and hit a house at 3810 County Road 220.
“I thought the house was struck by lightning or a tornado had struck,” said Erica Thomas, who owns the home along with her husband, Harold.
She said police were already in her yard when she went outside. The car hit the foundation of her house and made a car-sized hole.
Thomas said she has seen several other motorists hit the railroad tracks too fast and lose control of their vehicles. One such vehicle landed in a neighbor’s yard.
“I told my husband it was just a matter of time,” she said.
Findlay Police Lt. Ryan Doe said police are looking into why Moore was fleeing from police. She had an expired driver’s license, he said, which was one lead detectives were investigating.
When police first saw Moore in Findlay, she was in a parking lot, Doe said. She began to drive when an officer attempted to make contact with her.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.
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