Stolen car crashes into bus carrying Baldwin Wallace swim team

A 15-year-old woman and a 16-year-old man were arrested after attempting to flee the crash site.

NORTH OLMSTEED, Ohio — A 15-year-old woman and a 16-year-old man are in custody after crashing a stolen vehicle into a bus. Baldwin Wallace College swimming team.

On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 28, the Cuyahoga County Automatic License Plate Reader System told the police department that a reportedly stolen gray Kia Forte, 2021, was driven off Stearns Road at the Cook Road intersection in Olmsted Township. Notified that it was seen traveling south.

Officers from the North Olmsted Police Department responded to the area to locate the vehicle.

A short time later, Fairview Park police spotted a vehicle matching the description of a Kia motor vehicle traveling eastbound at high speed on Interstate 480. While observing the vehicle, officers also noticed that the rear window on the passenger side was broken.

Officers got behind the vehicle, confirmed it was a Kia, reported by the plate reader system, and attempted to pull over the vehicle.

Kia pulled away from the officer in the highway lane and followed Interstate 480 East at high speed for about three and a half minutes. When the bus was about to cross four lanes near the exit of National Route 176, a Kia motor vehicle caught the rear of the bus and collided with a retaining wall, bringing the vehicle to a halt.

No passengers on the bus were injured.

Passengers of the Kia Motors tried to flee the scene on foot. A 15-year-old woman was arrested 10 minutes after the crash. A 16-year-old man was found about an hour later and taken into custody.

Baldwin Wallace spokesperson Sean Salamone issued this statement to 3News following the incident. , they were transferred to a new chartered bus so they could continue their journey. ”

Officers from Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Westlake, Independence, Parma, Brooklyn Heights and the Ohio Highway Patrol worked together to resolve the incident.

After an initial investigation was conducted, the 15-year-old woman was determined to have been at home during pretrial home custody through Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court when she severed a mandatory ankle monitor bracelet and fled.

She then contacted a 16-year-old man to pick her up. The men traveled to Olmsted Township in a stolen Kia car.

https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/crime/stolen-vehicle-crashes-into-bus-carrying-baldwin-wallace-swim-team/95-276a9cc5-fac2-41d2-b6cf-0f25a76ee98e Stolen car crashes into bus carrying Baldwin Wallace swim team

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