Police: Drag race ends in crash, driver critically injured after - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Police: Drag race ends in crash, driver critically injured after left for dead

Crash on Waterloo. (Source: Dan Jaytwon) Crash on Waterloo. (Source: Dan Jaytwon)
Dwaine Junior Traylor (Source: Akron Police) Dwaine Junior Traylor (Source: Akron Police)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Police are investigating a hit-skip accident that occurred around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of West Waterloo Road.

Police say two vehicles were racing eastbound on West Waterloo when they collided, causing both drivers to lose control. 

A red 2000 Mitsubishi spun out of control and struck landscaping railroad ties on the southeast corner of West Waterloo and 26th Street SW. The other vehicle, a brown 1998 Toyota Corolla, spun out of control and struck a utility pole in front of 1252 West Waterloo and then came to rest against the porch. 

The abrupt finish between two cars racing woke the entire neighborhood.

"We were laying in bed and heard a big screech, a big bang," said Amber Brumblough, who lives nearby.

That's when Brumblough and her boyfriend ran outside to see what was happening.

Inside the car, they saw Yalia Curtis slumped over in the driver's seat.

"He said there was blood all over her face, coming out of her nose and her month," said Brumblough.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Dwaine Traylor, 22, fled the scene only to return a few minutes later to pick up the male passenger of the Toyota. They then fled the area again. They were eventually located at the house of the driver of the Toyota on West Waterloo.

Curtis, the female driver of the Toyota, was transported to Akron General Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

Traylor, of Akron, was not injured. He was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, felony hit-skip, drag racing and driving under suspension. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

The passenger of the Toyota, a 17-year-old male, was not injured. He was charged with curfew and released to his mother.

No seat belts were worn at the time of the crash. It is unknown at this time if alcohol is a factor.

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