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2 Kids Dead in Crash Involving Stolen Police SUV

Driver, accused in earlier stabbing, is hospitalized
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2019 9:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I've never seen anybody get Tased and not fall down immediately, let alone fight back with a police officer and take his vehicle." That's exactly what a witness described seeing Monday in Dayton, Ohio, before a crash that killed two children and left 10 others injured, per WHIO. Police say the chaotic incident began as a man accused of stabbing a woman crashed a pickup truck into a tree in Riverside just after 7pm. A responding officer exited his SUV, only to have the suspect hop in the passenger seat and lock the doors, says witness Jonathan Poston. The suspect refused to get out of the vehicle, even after the doors were unlocked and he was hit with a Taser.

Video footage at WHIO then shows the SUV reversing away from the officer before whipping around a corner. Around 7:20pm, another vehicle hit the SUV at an intersection, then spun and hit cars parked near the Dayton Metro Library, witness Tiffany Hamiel says, per USA Today. "There were car parts flying all over the street," she adds. A witness tells the outlet that seven children were inside a van involved in the crash. At least one other child was reported to have life-threatening injuries. The conditions of the stabbing victim and unnamed suspect, who was hospitalized, have not been released. (Read more Dayton, Ohio stories.)

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