Police chase in Youngstown leads to crash; suspect at large

A police crash on Youngstown's south side led to a crash at the intersection of E. Avondale Avenue and Gibson Street.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A police chase on Wednesday through Youngstown’s south side ended with a violent crash.

Police called off the chase about a minute before the crash, but the car kept going, eventually running a stop sign at 6:12 p.m.

WKBN arrived at the corner of Gibson Street and E. Avondale Avenue approximately five minutes after the crash. Two men wearing neck braces were being treated for injuries, and there were car parts scattered throughout the area.

Ricky Carrasquillo, who lives on the corner, heard the accident.

“I was inside watching TV, and I heard this big boom,” he said. “I came outside and looked, and there was an accident and I seen one guy just run out of the woods. They tried to chase him, but that’s it.”

Another witness said a gray car was traveling eastbound on Avondale Avenue when it ran a stop sign and collided with a black vehicle.

Police say the gray car had been stolen, and officers were chasing it but called off the chase for safety reasons. After the crash, police said the driver took off running.

Officers searched the backyards of nearby houses looking for a suspect that they described as a black male with a limp. As of just after the crash, that suspect was still at large.

Police did not have further information on the suspect Wednesday night.

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