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Woman killed in Youngstown crash identified

Was passenger in car that split in half after hitting pole

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the 22-year-old woman who died last week as a result of a car crash after a police chase. The car in which she was the passenger split in half.

The coroner’s office was notified by St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital of the death of Kaitlyn Cefalde of Youngstown at 11 a.m. Friday, according to a news release. The crash occurred at 7:38 p.m. the evening prior at 2950 Mahoning Ave. and Matta Avenue on the West Side of Youngstown.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will complete the autopsy, the release notes, and the crash remains under investigation by the Youngstown Police Department and the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office.

The chase that led to the fatal crash began in Austintown, according to an Austintown police report. Officers went to Westchester Square Apartments after the mother of Cefalde called to report a possible domestic situation between her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend, Jaquan Jenkins, 22, of Westchester Drive.

The car the two were in and that Jenkins was driving, a silver Cadillac, was seen by an officer exiting the apartment complex, so the officer pulled them over in front of Marc’s on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. The report notes that both people seemed calm and did not appear to have any injuries.

During the traffic stop, dispatch told the officers that Jenkins had warrants out for his arrest, so police told him to turn off the car. Instead, he sped off, the report states.

The officers tried to follow the silver Cadillac and the report notes it ran a red light at Mahoning Avenue and Raccoon Road, then the officers lost sight of it.

Other officers were near Wickliffe Circle, where the Austintown Christmas tree lighting was happening at that time, with stop sticks. They deployed the stop sticks as the car drove by, but the report notes they hit the front bumper and were not effective.

At that point, a lieutenant called off the chase because it was for the warrants, not a new crime. Soon after, Austintown officers were notified by Youngstown police about the crash.

The silver Cadillac hit a pole and split in half.

Jenkins has a fresh arrest warrant issued against him by Austintown police for failure to comply, a misdemeanor and obstructing official business, a felony. Charges from Youngstown police are pending, authorities said.

escott@tribtoday.com

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