Man charged in deadly crash waives hearing

WARREN — Joseph L. Myers, the man police say caused a deadly five-vehicle crash late April 11, appeared in court for the second time Thursday, where he waived a preliminary hearing.

Myers, 31, of Houtzdale, Pa., is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Anthony Blackwell, 34, of Warren. Myers also is facing charges of failure to comply with the order of a police officer and felonious assault.

Other people also were injured in the crash, but Blackwell was the only fatality.

A surveillance video of the intersection of Parkman Road and West Market Street, where the crash occurred, shows Myers’ Toyota Prius speeding through the intersection and violently striking at least one vehicle after swerving left.

According to a police report, an officer tried to make a traffic stop on the Prius along Fulton Street, near Pine Street, for making an improper turn. The vehicle did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

Police called off the pursuit less than a minute before the crash. Police radio traffic indicated the pursuing officer reached 60 mph at one point during the chase, according to Lt. Byran Holmes. The pursuing officer did not witness the crash, but newly installed security cameras in the area did capture the crash on video.

Myers is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He has been booked into the jail twice before in 2006 for theft and petty theft and in 2007 for driving under suspension and expired plates, according to jail records.

Myers’ case now will be sent to the Trumbull County grand jury for consideration of charges.