Bond set for man responsible for crash that killed two innocent bystanders

Mark Gerth, Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
Mark Gerth, Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The bond has been set at $2.25 million for the man driving the SUV that hit a taxi cab killing two people early Wednesday morning.

Police recognized an SUV that was reported stolen from Newport and pulled it over. The driver of the SUV, Mark Gerth, 39, then took off and the police chase started. Gerth reached speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, racing through red lights and stop signs. At the intersection of 8th and Sycamore Street in Downtown Cincinnati, Gerth clipped a silver PT Cruiser, ricocheted off and his SUV then hit a taxi cab. The driver of the taxi and the passenger were both killed in the accident.

Gerth had a passenger in his vehicle, Donald Evans, 34. Evans was not arrested and has not been charged with any offense. Police say Evans met Gerth earlier in the evening and was getting a ride home.

After the accident, Gerth ran from the scene. He was arrested not far from the scene. Gerth has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and is currently being held in the Hamilton County Detention Center.

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