Akron suspect crashes into truck carrying gas cans; Driver burned

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AKRON, Ohio– A man was badly burned after a suspect fled from police and crashed his car.

Akron police were called to Donald Avenue at about 9 p.m. Wednesday for a domestic dispute and spotted 23-year-old Bryan Hicks, of Akron, driving away in a Chevrolet Impala. Officers followed the car, but called off the chase when it reached speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Soon after, Hicks crashed into a truck at the intersection of Wilbeth Road and Firestone Parkway, police said. The truck was carrying cans of gas, which exploded and engulfed the vehicle in flames.

The 43-year-old truck driver suffered burns on his hands and back. He was taken to a local hospital.

According to police, officers found Hicks hiding behind a nearby church. He was also taken to a hospital for head and leg injuries.

Once he’s released, Hicks will be charged with aggravated vehicular assault, willful fleeing and other traffic offenses.  The Akron Police Department discovered two handguns in the car, so he’ll also be charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon while under disability.

Hicks’ passenger, a 17-year-old, was also injured. He’ll face charges from the Summit County Juvenile Court.

Crash scene