Deputy involved in chase that ended in crash seriously injuring woman

Police chase leads to crash in College Hill

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A high-speed chase that resulted in a crash Thursday morning left one woman with serious injuries, says Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

The chase began on Blue Rock Road, where a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a 2014 Kia driven by Troy Mahaffey Jr., 28, for speeding and reckless driving.

Melyssa Overton, 28, and her five-week-old daughter were passengers in the car.

Mahaffey refused to pull over, and a minute-long chase ensued covering 2.4 miles and reaching speeds of 80 mph. The deputy terminated the pursuit, according to the sheriff’s report, before Mahaffey turned onto eastbound West North Bend Road.

Mahaffey continued onto West North Bend Road, the report says. Then, as his car approached Simpson Avenue, he lost control and struck a 2013 Honda traveling westbound.

The Honda’s driver, Sylvia Norris, 75, was unharmed in the crash.

Mahaffey also escaped uninjured. He fled on foot, but was apprehended.

Mahaffey and Norris were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. Overton and her daughter were not.

The Cincinnati Fire Department transported Overton to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Overton’s daughter was transported to UCMC for observation.

Police transported Mahaffey to the Hamilton County Justice Center. He has been charged with one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a second-degree felony, and vehicular assault.

His bond was set at $100,000 in court on Friday.

A mother and child were seriously injured in a crash that began as a chase. The suspect driving the vehicle police were chasing was taken into custody, Hamilton County Sheriff's officials say.
A mother and child were seriously injured in a crash that began as a chase. The suspect driving the vehicle police were chasing was taken into custody, Hamilton County Sheriff's officials say. (Source: FOX19)

Mahaffey has a criminal history. He was convicted of drug charges in May. In June, he was charged with failure to comply with a police signal during a chase.

That chase also ended in a crash, according to court documents.

Norris told FOX19 NOW’s Ken Brown her car is likely totaled but she is fine.

“I’m hoping that the woman is OK and I’m happy that the baby was in good shape and I’m blessed that I wasn’t hurt,” she said.

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