By Mike Ullery
PIQUA — A spectacular crash involving two vehicles left a 200-foot debris path and resulted in injuries to two children and a pet on Thursday.
Police, fire and rescue units from Piqua were dispatched to the Shell gas station on South Street at the intersection of College Street around 12:15 p.m. on a report of a crash with injuries.
First responders arrived to find a van with heavy damage in the Shell parking lot and another van into a house across the street from the station. There was debris from the crash scattered for many yards around the impact site.
Two children who were passengers in the vehicle that was impacted were taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. A four-year-old boy was sitting in the front seat when the impact threw him backward. He was partially ejected out the rear window and reportedly suffered a broken leg. A one-year-old girl was sitting in a child safety seat and was uninjured. A small dog that was in the car also suffered injuries. Their mother, who was outside the vehicle and apparently just ready to insert her credit card into a pump, escaped injury.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman’s van continued across Kitt Street and impacted a house. The female driver, according to witnesses, exited her van, removed the rear license plate, then fled the scene of foot.
The driver was located approximately 60 minutes after the crash in the 600 block of Miami Street. She was treated for a laceration and then taken into custody by Piqua police. She has been identified as Tyla McReynolds, 32, of Piqua.
Surveillance video shows that the van driven by McReynolds came off South Street at a high rate of speed, entered the Shell parking lot, drove between a pair of gas pumps, then stuck the other van, pushing it an estimated 75 to 100 feet, where it came to rest. McReynolds vehicle continued out of the business lot, crossed Kitt Street and impacted a home.
The husband/father of the crash victims arrived at the scene to pick up the family pet. A bystander volunteered to transport the dog to her veterinarian so that the man could go to the hospital to be with his wife and children.
Piqua police are still investigating the crash. No other names, or conditions, have been released.