EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - A woman tragically lost her life when police say a criminal smashed right into her car during a high speed chase.
Police dash camera video shows the deadly head-on crash that killed the mother of three.
Sunde Smith can hardly talk through her tears.
“My mother was a very beautiful person: quick witted, very funny, very loving, very compassionate,” Smith said.
Smith says her mother, Johnell Yvonne Smith, called her on her way home from work Wednesday night.
“I said ‘love you, be safe.' She said ‘OK, love you too,’ and we hung up. And she just never came home," Smith said.
The wrong way driver was leading police on a high speed chase, when he swerved and hit Yvonne head on.
“He just hit her. He hit her. He hit her, because he was doing wrong and didn’t want to get caught,” Smith said.
Troopers say they were pursuing 28-year-old Vernon Hayes Jr., because he was speeding down I-90.
Hayes refused to pull over. instead pulling a U-turn around the Euclid Avenue exit.
“You took her away from family and friends and coworkers and grand kids and future grandkids, all because you didn’t want to do what you should have been doing, which was stopping that car when you were wrong,” Smith said. “I want people to know I love my mother. I love her now. I love her forever. I love her for the rest of my days.”
Hayes also died in the crash.