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According to the medical examiner, Jibriel Miguel Allen, 21, of Chardon, and Darnell James Prince, 23, of Burton, were both announced dead at a nearby hospital following the crash that shut down several lanes of the highway, near Spring Road, for several hours Saturday night.
A Parma police officer found both of the men unconscious at the scene of the crash, according to a newly released police report.
Earlier that evening, Parma police officers chased one of the cars involved, a gold Honda Accord, after it caused a collision then fled the scene at about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to the news release.
A Parma officer saw the gold Honda Accord didn’t yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn from Brookpark Road onto State Road. An oncoming sedan with the right-of-way struck the suspects’ car on the rear passenger side.
The officer saw the suspects’ car continue on down State Road after the crash, its rear bumper hanging off. The officer chased the suspects’ car to the Interstate 480 entrance ramp, then to state Route 176 North.
The suspects’ car drove on the berm around traffic, then back into the lanes, gaining distance from the pursuing officer. The officer ended the chase after losing sight of the car near Spring Road, believing it had exited the highway.
While returning to the city, the officer spotted the fatal crash along state Route 176 South. Witnesses said they saw the suspects’ car cross over from the northbound lanes onto the southbound lanes, traveling the wrong way. It struck an SUV head-on.
The Parma officer found the suspects’ car engulfed in flames, while one man was trapped inside. Parma and Cleveland police officers were unable to put out the fire using extinguishers. Cleveland firefighters eventually extinguished the fire and the unresponsive man was pulled from the wreck.
The driver of the SUV, a 49-year-old woman, was found breathing but unable to walk, according to the release.
Three other men believed to be in the suspects’ car were off to the side of the road. One of them was receiving CPR. Another man was unable to walk due to his injuries. He declined to speak with police about the crash.
Everyone involved in the crash was treated at the scene by Cleveland EMS workers then taken to a local hospital.
Officers recovered a Glock 43 handgun from the suspects’ car.
The Saturday fatal crash was the second of two crashes related to a police pursuit reported last week.
On the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 24, Parma police officers pursued a driver spotted going nearly 100 mph on Brookpark Road. The 30-year-old suspect later struck an SUV head-on near Woburn Avenue and Pearl Road and was killed.
On Monday, Cleveland City Council members voiced their concerns over the Parma Police Department’s pursuit policy.
“The Parma chase is not unique. Recently, multiple suburban police department chases have ended in Cleveland crashes,” reads the letter. “The underlying issue is the recent explosion in stolen vehicles across the region and country.
“These incidents have reasonably raised questions among Cleveland residents about the risks they are being put at by the actions of a neighboring police department.”
Their letter urges the city’s safety director to meet with suburban police agencies about their chase policies.
“It’s time for a candid conversation about the impact of these chases on the larger community,” Councilwoman Rebecca Maurer, Ward 12, is quoted in the release. “This is about mutual respect and safety between our cities.”