Monday, January 15, 2007


TMC NEWS has obtained EXCLUSIVE video footage that was shot moments after the crash on Route 2. The video is unedited and graphic. The video has been posted on our SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT section.

Updated: 8pm
Vermilion Police have released the name of the victim who was killed in the crash on Route 2 last night. Christopher Allen Pauley, 19, of Vermilion was driving his 1994 Camaro on Route 2 at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic according to officials before crossing the median and crashing into the eastbound semi. Police Officials say this was a case of road rage between Pauley and another motorist driving an Eagle Talon on Rt. 2. They believe the driver of the Talon check-braked Pauley somewhere in the Elyria area upsetting Pauley. Witnesses took down the license plate number of the Talon as it fled from the scene of the crash, Police caught up to the driver. The Police continue to question that driver as the investigation into the fatal crash goes on. It will be up to the prosecutor to decide whether charges will be filed.

Pauley was ejected from the vehicle just before the Camaro burst into flames setting the semi on fire as well. The driver of the semi was able to jump from his cab escaping with only minor injuries.Pauley was born in Lorain but resided in Vermilion with his parents. Pauley was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved photography, especially nature photography. On Pauley’s MySpace page he responded to the question, Goal to achieve this year: Stay Alive and when asked on MySpace to list his hero, Pauley wrote, My Mom.

Taylor Labis spoke with TMC NEWS about her close friend saying that Chris was an all around great guy who was very loving and caring. “He always knew how to make me smile and was always a fun person to be around. He is loved and will be missed.”


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