‘Why were police chasing a car in a neighborhood?’ boss asks after employee killed

Family, friends remember woman killed in police chase crash

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Lebanon, Ohio woman died in a Miami Township police chase Tuesday night.

According to Irongate Realtors, Mary Taulbee was a realtor with the company in the Dayton Area.

The president said she worked out of their Washington Township offices for 22 years. She had been a licensed realtor since 1988.

Jeff Adams, a friend of Taulbee, said that he and his wife met Taulbee 10 years ago at an open house and knew she would become a friend.

"She lit up a room when she walked in. Her smile, there was just something about her that drew you to her," said Adams.

Described as kind-hearted and hard-working, the 57-year-old's passion and professionalism, her friends said, did not go unnoticed.

"She met a lot of people through real estate," said Adams. "There were a lot of comments on her page today [Wednesday] that showed just how much she was loved."

Steven Brown, president of Irongate Realtors, said that Taulbee was meeting a client in a neighborhood Tuesday when, per investigators, another driver hit Taulbee's vehicle. Police said that wreck sent Taulbee's car into the path of a Moraine police cruiser. Then those two vehicles collided.  

The officer behind the wheel, police said, was chasing an 18-year-old woman in a stolen jeep.

"Every day our agents go out and you think you are safe," Brown said. "Why was a police agency chasing a car in a neighborhood? Those are the questions we want answered."

Taulbee was taken to the hospital following the crash, where she died.

"Mary was one of the top realtors in the area and top professional. Everyone loved her, and she never said an unkind word," said Brown.

Co-worker Harry Vearn said that Taulbee will be missed, calling her "even-keeled, always nice, friendly and smiling."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Moraine Police are investigating the events that led up to the crash.

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