Police identify victims after Bethel Township crash kills 2, hospitalizes toddler

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MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Two people are dead and two others were hospitalized, including a toddler, after a police chase ended in a two-vehicle crash in Bethel Township Tuesday.

The Troy Police Department said at about 8 a.m., officers were in the area of Stonyridge Avenue and Imperial Court looking for 19-year-old Jalen Alexander, who had outstanding warrants.

An officer saw Alexander’s vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. He then fled with a 19-year-old female passenger and headed south on State Route 202. 

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office attempted to end the pursuit using stop sticks at the intersection of S.R. 202 and Ross Road, but Alexander continued south. The chase ended on S.R. 202 near U.S 40 when he crashed into the vehicle of 32-year-old Chelsey Vollmer.

Both Alexander and Vollmer were pronounced dead at the scene. Vollmer’s two-year-old daughter was in the car with her and was taken to Children’s Medical Center. The toddler is expected to recover. A passenger in the suspect’s car was also taken to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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2 NEWS will update this developing story as we receive more information.

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