WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A teenager is dead after he crashed his car while trying to flee from police.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol clocked Jordan Day, 16, going 122 miles per hour on Interstate 75 near the Union Centre Boulevard exit in Butler County around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Troopers say Day slowed down momentarily near milepost 23, but then accelerated when troopers got closer, going over 130 miles per hour. That's when troopers activated their lights and sirens.
About a minute later, Day struck the concrete median barrier near the Kyles Station overpass, then slid across the interstate and struck a parked semi truck. Upon impact, Day's 1998 Lexus went up in flames and slid to a final rest in the middle of the interstate.
Day was ejected from his car and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the semi truck, Robert Hamilton, 52, of Timmonsville, S.C. was not injured.
The interstate was shut down for a short time, but reopened early Thursday morning.
Day was going to be a junior at Lakota East High School, where he was a star member of the golf team. His team is scheduled to play in the Beavercreek Invitational on Friday. They had already played in the Mount Vernon Invitational and St. Ignatius Invitational earlier this week.
Lakota East principal Dr. Keith Kline e-mailed the following statement to parents:
"Not having students here at school yet, we are concerned about the impact this may have on our young people. As a parent, please take a moment to get a read on how your teen is taking this news. If you have concerns about their frame of mind, feel free to contact the school. We will have grief counselors available this afternoon in the Media Center.
"Please keep the Day family in your thoughts and prayers. We will pass along additional information as it becomes available."
Lakota East begins classes on August 25.