A teenage driver is dead and three passengers are hurt in a high-speed crash that shut down Wooster Pike Monday, police said.
Four people were trapped in a stolen vehicle that wrecked on Wooster Pike near Indian View Avenue just before 4:30 a.m.
The 15-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A 13-year-old passenger was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.
Gavin Rogers, 18, and Bradley Coots, 18, were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Police said the car had been stolen from Lexington, Kentucky on Sept. 25. The driver and passengers are connected with vehicle break-ins on Ashley Oaks near Wooster Pike earlier Monday, according to Mariemont Police.
A resident called 911 to report the break-in around 4:05 a.m.
While talking to the resident, police spotted the suspected vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed with headlights off. An officer turned his cruiser around to follow the vehicle. That’s when it struck two trees and crashed.
Inside the wrecked vehicle police found several items stolen from the Ashley Oaks break-in. Numerous other recovered items are believed to be stolen property as well, according to a press release from Mariemont Police.
Rogers is charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Other charges are possible as the investigation is ongoing, police say.