LAKE COUNTY -- Newly released video from the Ohio State Highway Patrol captures the intense moments of a high speed chase, as troopers pursued a bank robbery suspect fleeing from Erie, Pa. into Lake County.
The chase happened on March 5, but the OSHP released the video Monday.
Erie police say Terrance Williams, 30, of East Cleveland, robbed a First National Bank, by handing a teller a note demanding money. He claimed to have had a gun, however, no weapon was seen.
Williams was spotted in his white SUV by Pennsylvania State Police, as he headed westbound on I-90. Troopers from the OSHP Ashtabula post picked up the chase, as Williams entered Ohio, traveling at speeds of 100 miles per hour.
But as troopers were positioned to deploy spike strips on the highway near Vrooman Road to stop Williams' vehicle, Herman Volpe, 63, of Madison, was also on the road, heading home.
"Here's an innocent person, minding his own business, and he gets into a crash," said Volpe's wife, Sharon. "You just take it for granted that somebody's going to do what they need to do, and come home. You never know when they're not coming home. This was a wake up call."
As the suspect tried to swerve around the deployed "stop sticks," he plowed into the back of Herman Volpe's car. Mr. Volpe suffered a ruptured spleen and broken bones.
His family questions troopers' use of stop sticks.
"There's no control for one, and you don't know what the outcome will be," said Sharon. "Who would have thought the outcome would be this?"
Her husband is now out of the hospital, but is burdened with higher medical bills than what his insurance will cover.
Williams is in the Lake County Jail, facing numerous felony charges, including felony vehicular assault.