A high speed car theft that started in Russell Township ended in the death of a Cuyahoga Falls man in Newbury Township on Oct. 4.
Lt. Larry Roberts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed that the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office identified the driver on Oct. 5 as Andrew Flynn, 24, of Cuyahoga Falls. According to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Flynn was driving a stolen white Lexus SUV.
After rolling the vehicle in a crash at the intersection of Bass Lake and Kinsman Road (Route 87), Mr. Flynn was pronounced dead at the scene, Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand said.
He said Russell residents informed township police Sunday morning that Mr. Flynn took the vehicle from their house, and police spotted him on Kinsman and Chillicothe (Route 306) roads. He said a deputy who was traveling westbound on Kinsman from Ravenna Road (Route 44) clocked the eastbound vehicle at 103 mph.
By the time the deputy turned around and caught up to the driver, Sheriff Hildenbrand said Mr. Flynn had already crashed at the crossroads.
“The vehicle went off the left side of the road, flipped and rolled,” he said. “The driver had been ejected from the vehicle. Our deputy rendered first aid until Newbury and Burton ambulances got there, and that’s when he was pronounced dead.”
Sheriff Hildenbrand said the event “wasn’t really a pursuit” because the vehicle had driven out of view and crashed by the time officers could turn around or catch up.
He said the Ohio State Highway Patrol and ambulances arrived shortly after the crash and there were no other reported injuries involved.