911 Call: Friends worried that teen killed in I-75 crash was depressed

Jordan Day (Source: Lakota East High School)
Jordan Day (Source: Lakota East High School)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Police documents say a 16-year-old boy who died during a high speed chase on I-75 had talked about harming himself.

According to a police report, Day's mother had reported him missing around 1 a.m. Thursday, just 33 minutes after the teen was killed in a crash. She told police she was worried after he had not returned home when he was supposed to and that he had threatened to harm himself the day before.

"He had a set curfew, and when he hadn't returned home, like any parent, she became concerned, and at some point in time, that concern rose to the level of her to call police for assistance," said Sgt. Matt Tombragel of the West Chester Police Department.

Jordan Day, 16, died Thursday morning after police said he was going over 130 miles per hour on I-75 in Butler County. He crashed his vehicle into a parked semi truck.

"The officer responded to the residence, they initiated the missing person's report, and with that information gained from Mrs. Day, it was a critical missing due to the fact that he had made statements about harming himself," Tombragel said.

A 911 call made by a friends of Day reveals that Day's friends were also concerned that Day might harm himself.

911 Call:

Dispatcher: What exactly did he threaten when he spoke to you?
Caller: He said that he was going to, um, kill himself
Dispatcher: That's exactly what he said?
Caller:Yea, he said that he was going to get on the freeway or, like he was going really fast.

"As the officers were investigating the critical missing case, we received info from the state patrol that a fatality accident had occurred on I-75, and we learned that it was in fact Mr. Day," Tombragel said.

Peers of Day say he was playing basketball with friends at the gym the night before the crash. Day would have been a Junior at Lakota East High School and was a stand out member of the golf team, his family had just moved from California last year.

A "Jordan Day Scholarship Fund" has been set up for donations, care of Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp., Ohio 45044.

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