Surveillance cameras captured a police chase on the city’s Westside that led to a deadly crash involving a stolen car, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
The police have identified a young man as Dontavious Joseph, aged 17 as the driver. He was thrown from the car and died at the scene. According to the police, three other people were taken to the hospital. One person was reportedly in critical condition, while the other two were in serious condition.
Lanes of Cassat Avenue at Lenox Avenue were shut down for several hours because of this accident.
On the video, a car was seen heading north on Cassat Avenue. Subsequently, the car passed an officer who happened to have the emergency lights on because of an unrelated traffic stop. As soon as the officer called in the reckless driver, the car went off of the road, proceeded to hit two fences, flipped over and skidded on its roof into the intersection, police said.
Traffic homicide detectives indicated that the wrecked car had been reported stolen at the time of the crash. Incidentally, a stolen gun was also recovered after the accident.
Most of the crash was caught on two cameras just outside Expert T’s. From an angle, the car was seen sliding on its roof with sparks flying as officers followed close behind.
From another video angle, the car was seen sliding on its roof before it came to a stop. The video showed someone getting out of the car and trying to run before falling and being caught by officers. It’s uncertain, however, if the person who was caught was part of the three who were transported to the hospital.
The crash is still under investigation.
Marc Anidjar, from the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, comments: “This was a senseless accident that ultimately claimed the life of one young man, and resulted in multiple others being injured. We hope those involved have a speedy recovery. Fortunately, the crash was caught on surveillance cameras. Hopefully, this will assist investigators so they can quickly finish their investigations.”
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