SOLON, Ohio — Update: July 14, 2022
Employees at Pioneer Athletics in Cleveland created a GoFundMe page to help offset costs for the victim's mother who works at Pioneer Athletics.
The GoFundMe account will help the family care for the victim's two children that she left behind.
Donations can be made HERE.
Augustin A. Thompkins, 26, of Euclid, is in custody after causing a crash that resulted in the death of his girlfriend and injuries to 2 children who were all in his car at the time of the crash.
The incident happened on July 2 at approximately 2 p.m. at the I-480 and US 271 north split. Solon officers saw a Jeep SUV with no taillights swerving on the highway. After stopping the vehicle, officers requested officers from Warrensville Hts to the scene to investigate a suspected OVI.
Officers noted a woman and two children in the backseat of the car. While waiting for officers to arrive, Thompkins drove away from the scene after being told to stop.
Officers lost sight of the vehicle but shortly after noticed the suspect was traveling eastbound on US 422 into Solon. While attempting to catch up to the vehicle, an officer traveling in the opposite direction on US 422 noticed that the Jeep had crashed on US 422 near Harper road.
The woman, who was identified as Ishonna N. Pratcher, 26, was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. The children, a one-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were also taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.
Thompkins was taken to Solon Jail after the incident and charged with eight different crimes:
- Involuntary Manslaughter (F1),
- Aggravated Vehicular Assault (F3)
- Aggravated Homicide by Vehicle (F2)
- Fleeing and Eluding (F3),
- Endangering Children (F5)
- Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (M1)
- Resisting Arrest (M2)
- Driving in Marked Lanes (MM)
He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
The case remains under investigation and the children are currently in the custody of family members.