Police stopped the car moments before the fatal triple collision

Akron, Ohio – New details emerge in the wake of an Easter Day tragedy involving a high-speed crash in Akron that ended in the deaths of three young men.

Akron Police Chief Steve Millett revealed that a white Saturn was stopped by officers shortly after 6 p.m., but the driver took off and hit a canal less than 30 seconds later.

The police issued a press release on Easter but did not mention the police’s interaction.

During Wednesday’s interview, President Steve Millett acknowledged that he was aware of the traffic situation, but wanted more time to find out exactly what happened before this information was released.

“We were very careful to release some information because that is our responsibility to get the information accurately to the public, and one of the worst things I can do as president is release the information prematurely and then we have to go back and correct it,” Millett said.

According to the president, officers stopped Saturn on Eastland and Kiss roads for lack of a visible license plate and turn signal violation.

But shortly after the officers got off their cruiser, the driver took off at high speed down Case Avenue and crashed into a Chevy Cruze on Market Street. Millett said the officers, returning to their cruiser to try to stop the car again, did not have a chance to catch up.

The cruise driver was not injured, but Saturn rolled, went through the air, and capsized in a channel.

Investigators estimated speeds of up to 75 miles per hour prior to the accident. The chief said it was not clear why the driver was turned on.

All three occupants of the car were killed. They were identified as Arlo Mosley, 25, Raymond Wanzo, 18, and Zion Jackson Grisby, 17, all from Akron.

Because it all happened so quickly — in about 30 seconds — Millett said he doesn’t consider the incident a police chase.

“We’re talking again,” Millett said. “When you accelerate away at such a high rate of speed, you create a distance that now requires us to catch up with you.”

Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosley is the aunt of two of the victims. She was among the many people who wrote personal letters on a concrete barrier next to the canal.

Mosley and other family members declined to comment on News 5.

“It is a tragic situation and I have real sympathy for the family. I can’t imagine what they are going through,” Millett said.

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