UPDATE: Man Incompetent For Trial in Fatal Ohio Crash

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/13/2014 3:50 PM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man charged with killing a couple in a crash while driving more than 125 mph is found incompetent to stand trial.

The decision by a judge in northwestern Ohio means Andrew Gans, of Kent, will be sent to a psychiatric hospital in Toledo.

His attorney says doctors will have a year to determine if Gans can become competent to stand trial.

Gans had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to vehicular homicide charges after authorities say he hit a minivan on the Ohio Turnpike in November, killing a Toledo couple.

Troopers weren't able to catch or keep up with Gans' car before the crash near Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of Toledo.

His attorney says the 24-year-old Gans has a history of mental health issues.

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UPDATE 12/26/2013 2:30 PM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to vehicular homicide charges after authorities say he was traveling at more than 125 mph when his car struck a minivan, killing the couple inside it.

An attorney for Andrew D. Gans of Kent said he entered the pleas for his client on Thursday in Sandusky County court. Terry Rudes tells The Associated Press that the 24-year-old Gans has a history of mental health issues.

Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, of Toledo were killed in the Thanksgiving night crash. State troopers said they were wearing seatbelts when they were hit.

Two troopers separately spotted Gans' car but weren't able to catch or keep up with it before the crash near Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of Toledo.

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UPDATE 12/10/2013 2:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dash camera video recorded by two state troopers shows a car racing past at high speeds, followed by the scene of a fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on the Ohio Turnpike last month.

The video released by the patrol Tuesday shows the difficulty even troopers had in catching up to the speeding car on Nov. 28.

One video shows a trooper alerted to the speeding vehicle about to turn around on the turnpike when a car speeds past. The trooper tries unsuccessfully to catch the car, and about 10 minutes later comes across a crash scene with cars on fire.

The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide. He's in jail on $1 million bond.

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UPDATE 12/2/2013 3:40 PM

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man appears in court on vehicular homicide charges after troopers say he was traveling at more than 125 mph when his car hit a minivan, killing a couple.

Andrew D. Gans of Kent faces two counts of vehicular homicide with a reckless specification after Thursday night's crash on the Ohio Turnpike, where both vehicles burst into flames. He was due in court Monday morning.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the victims - Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, of Toledo - were wearing seatbelts when they were hit and were trapped inside of the minivan.

Two troopers separately spotted the 24-year-old Gans' car but weren't able to catch or keep up with it before the crash near Fremont, about 40 miles southeast of Toledo.

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UPDATE 11/29/2013 3:50 PM

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a motorist traveling at more than 125 mph is charged with vehicular homicide after his car hit a van, killing a couple inside.

A patrol spokeswoman says Andrew D. Gans, of Kent, faces two counts of vehicular homicide with a reckless specification after Thursday night's crash on the Ohio Turnpike.

Staff Lt. Anne Ralston says the 24-year-old Gans suffered injuries that are not life-threatening and was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. He will be taken to jail following his release.

Ralston says two troopers separately spotted Gans' car as it sped down the turnpike. But they weren't able to catch up with it before the crash near Fremont in northwest Ohio.

The patrol identified the deceased couple as 77-year-olds Wilbur and Margaret McCoy of Toledo.

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FREMONT, Ohio (AP) - A car traveling more than 125 miles per hour on the Ohio Turnpike hits a van, killing two people.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol spokeswoman says two troopers separately spotted the car but weren't able to catch or keep up with it before the crash Thursday night near Fremont in northwest Ohio.

Staff Lt. Anne Ralston says other drivers began calling about the speeding, weaving vehicle more than 20 minutes before the crash. In that time, she says, the driver covered roughly 60 miles and passed two troopers. Ralston says each trooper tried to pull behind the vehicle, but it sped away.

She says the driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, suffered injuries that are not life-threatening and was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation.

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