2 dead after chase ends in violent wrong-way crash on I-90 in Euclid (graphic video)

Overnight chase kills two after head-on crash

Family of woman killed by wrong way driver speaks out in wake of tragedy

EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - Officials identified the two who died in a head-on crash on I-90 during a police chase.

Ohio State highway Patrol says that 28-year-old Vernon Hayes Jr., of Cleveland, was driving the car the wrong way when he slammed into Johnell Smith.

Police originally reported the wrong person as the victim, but have since corrected it.

According to police, there was a case of mistaken identity because a different identification was found at the scene of the crash.

The crash occurred during an Ohio Highway State Patrol chase. Police say they tried to pull over Hayes’ car for speeding around midnight, and it took off down I-90 in Euclid.

OSHP said the troopers followed the car east for three miles when the driver did a U-turn near the Euclid Avenue exit. It then drove westbound in the eastbound lanes toward I-90.

The chase reached speeds of 90 mph.

A short time later, the car crashed head-on into a white SUV.

2 dead after chase ends in violent wrong-way crash on I-90 in Euclid

According to police, Hayes’ car caught on fire, and troopers used fire extinguishers attempting to extinguish the flames.

Hayes and Smith were pulled out of their vehicles after officials arrived on the scene.

Smith was pronounced dead on the scene.

Hayes was transferred to University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, where he died from injuries caused in the crash.

Police say that neither driver was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The crash closed a portion of I-90 eastbound for a couple of hours, but it has since opened.

The crash is under investigation.

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