FAIRLAWN: Authorities say no charges have been filed yet against the driver of a stolen car involved in a fiery crash outside of the Summit Mall on Thursday.
Fairlawn police say charges will not be filed until after they close their investigation into the five-car crash that closed West Market Street for several hours.
Police confirmed Friday that the vehicle that caused the crash, a 1995 Ford, had been involved in a police chase just moments before the accident.
Records state that Jacob Mellinger, 18, of Akron, was behind the wheel of the stolen car. Fairlawn police say they had pursued the car for about three blocks shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday before terminating the pursuit.
After the pursuit was terminated, police say, Mellinger continued eastbound on West Market Street at a high speed when the vehicle went off the south side of the road, hit a tree, sheared a utility pole, flipped on its roof, struck a parked SUV, then caught fire in front of the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton.
Mellinger was ejected through the windshield, police say, and landed underneath a parked vehicle. He remains hospitalized.
Rescuers had to crawl under the burning SUV to break a window to rescue a juvenile passenger. She was transported to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries was not disclosed.
Police say a second passenger in the car jumped out of the vehicle during the chase when Mellinger pulled over momentarily.
He was not caught.