HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 4, 2015)– Neighbors who witnessed the aftermath of a fatal crash near Kokomo said the scene was devastating.
The crash happened Monday night along East 300 South and 350 East just east of Kokomo. Investigators say the crash happened after a high speed chase along rural roads. The driver, 21-year-old Deryn Johnson, refused to pull over during a traffic stop. Howard County Sheriff's Deputies, the Sharpsville Town Marshall, and a Kokomo Police officer engaged in the pursuit. Investigators said speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.
The vehicle traveled through the town of Center, struck a house, turned around, ran the stop sign and struck a vehicle that was westbound, killing two occupants.
Police identified the victims as 73-year-old Nancy Cripe and 82-year-old Mary Jo Dimitt. The two women were sisters. They were driving home from a community concert when the crash happened. Family members say the sisters are well known and well loved by the entire community.
Neighbors said the two women were pinned in the car that smashed into a front porch. Jackie Hood lives inside the home.
"My house moved and of course, it made a big thud," Hood said.
Hood said her porch was severely damaged. Pieces of a car were still seen on the front porch a day after the crash. She said the crash was terrifying and saw the women stuck inside the car when first responders arrived quickly.
“It was very dramatic. I don’t hope I ever have to go through this again," said Hood.
Johnson faces multiple charges including resisting law enforcement resulting in death and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death. His passenger was treated and released. Police say the second man could still face charges.