11 years in prison for man convicted of killing 2 people while leading troopers on chase into Summit County

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 10:36 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 2:52 PM EDT
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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - A Clifton Heights, Pa. man convicted of causing a double fatal crash in 2021 was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday afternoon.

Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien said Michael Simbo has credit for the 506 days he already served and must serve at least six years and five months of his sentence.

“I never meant to hurt nobody,” said Simbo during his sentencing. “I truly know what it feels like to lose a best friend. I’ve lost a brother and a sister to me.”

While Simbo apologized for his actions, a mother of one of the victims said it wasn’t enough.

“I know you said sorry and all that, but I just need to know what happened,” said one victim’s mother. “What happened to my baby? He was like my best friend. You took my biggest support system away from me.”

In May, Michael Simbo pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of failure to comply.

On March 16, 2021, troopers tried to pull over Simbo in Trumbull County for speeding, but he refused to stop.

The chase continued into Summit County, where Simbo lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Boston Mills Road in Boston Township, said troopers.

Ramon Smith, 22, of Flint, Michigan, and Ari’onna Taylor, 16, of Chester, Pa., were pronounced dead at the scene.

Michael Simbo
Michael Simbo((Source: Summit County Sheriff))

A third passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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