Streetsboro -- One person was killed and three injured July 21 when a chase that started in Aurora ended on Route 43 with a four-vehicle crash just north of Tinkers Green Drive.
Frank Tindell, 34, of Cleveland was injured and his passenger, Nadia Campbell, 26, of Cleveland, died when the silver Chrysler Pacifica Tindell was driving hit a truck head-on, according to the Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Aurora police had been pursuing the pair in connection with a shoplifting incident in Aurora, and officers were advised Tindell "was to be considered armed and dangerous," according to a July 22 news release from Aurora police.
Lt. Antonio Matos, commander of OSP's Ravenna Post, said Tindell, who was "critically injured" in the accident, was flown by LifeFlight to Akron City Hospital.
Jim Gosky, lead public relations strategist for Summa Health System, which includes Akron City Hospital, said he could neither "confirm nor deny any information" on Tindell, citing HIPAA privacy laws. Aurora authorities had no information about his condition July 27.
The crash, which occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m., shut down Route 43 between Crane Center Drive and Frost Road for four hours, as authorities cleared the scene.
Streetsboro Police Chief Darin Powers asked the highway patrol to conduct the investigation into the crash because of its complexity.
Aurora police received a report of shoplifting at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets by Tindell and Campbell, said Matos.
Aurora Chief Brian Byard said Tindell and Campbell allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from multiple stores at the Farms and some in Bainbridge, which would justify a felony theft charge.
"They had about 10 bags from 10 different stores," he said.
AURORA police arrived at the Farms and exited the cruiser, calling to the suspects to stop, but the suspects fled heading south on Route 43 toward Streetsboro, said Matos.
"By the time the officers made it back into their cars and made it to the light, they could see the smoke, and they knew something wasn't right," he said.
The Aurora officers were far enough behind that they were not a factor in the accident, he added.
"They weren't even close yet," said Matos, and Byard added the Aurora cruiser was "probably a half-mile behind them, maybe further."
Just north of Tinkers Green Drive, Matos said Tindell crossed the centerline and "sideswiped" a UPS truck, then rear-ended a large southbound SUV and finally crossed the centerline again and struck a northbound box truck head-on.
The SUV and box truck drivers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and the driver of the UPS truck was not hospitalized, Matos added.
It appears Tindell was traveling at a high rate of speed, which likely contributed to the accident, and alcohol is not suspected as a contributing factor, he added.
According to the July 22 news release from Aurora police, the shoplifting allegation is not Tindell's first brush with the law.
"He has a lengthy criminal history that includes violence and weapon offenses, along with three active arrest warrants from Westlake, Richmond Heights and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office for larceny," states the news release.
"Tindell had previously been banned from the Aurora shopping center because of previous theft offenses."
Matos said the accident remains under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol, while Aurora police are investigating the shoplifting report.
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