The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash that occurred at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday in the city of Bellevue.
The crash reportedly happened after police began chasing a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis being driven west on U.S. 20 by Morgan E. Jevec, 24, of Massillon. They were responding to a call about a reckless vehicle.
Tracy Albright, 36, of Bellevue, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer west on U.S. 20 when she stopped for a traffic signal at North Sandusky Street, troopers said. Jevec's vehicle then slammed into the back of Albright’s Chevrolet at a high rate of speed.
The collision sent the Chevrolet through the intersection and caused it to catch fire, troopers said.
Jevec’s Mercury also continued through the intersection and struck a 2008 Buick Lacrosse being driven by Travis Roach, 54, of Bellevue. Jevec’s Mercury also caught fire. The Buick was stopped in the turn lane eastbound on U.S. 20 at North Sandusky Street.
Albright was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, troopers said. Her body was transported by North Central EMS to Foos and Foos Funeral Home in Bellevue. It is unknown at this time if Albright was wearing her safety belt.
Jevec’s vehicle contained three passengers: Steven M. Gresser, 31, Christopher A. Watters, 48, and Ricky E. Treherne Jr., 32, all of Canton.
Jevec, Watters and Treherne all were flown from the scene by LifeFlight to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Gresser was flown to Toledo Hospital. All four occupants, none of whom was wearing a seat belt, sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash, troopers said.
Roach was treated and released at the scene by North Central EMS.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue Fire Department, North Central EMS, Huron County Coroner’s Office, LifeFlight and Dendinger Brothers.
U.S. 20 was closed for about three hours as a result of the crash.
Alcohol and drug use is unknown at this time, and the crash remains under investigation, troopers said.