Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 28th, 2019
According to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent E. Harshbarger the two children killed are identified as 6-year-old Penelope Jasko and 6-year-old Eleanor McBride .
Authorities said, along with the two 6-year-old children who are dead, at least 10 other people were injured after a stabbing suspect stole a police SUV and crashed it into multiple vehicles, including a van carrying seven children.
Authorities indicated that the incident started around 7:10 P.M. on Monday, August 26th, 2019 with a stabbing inside a truck off Xenia Avenue, in the neighborhood of the city’s Twin Towers.
According to Dayton police, the man identified as 32-year-old Raymond Walters Jr. stabbed his father Lloyd Walters and then tried to fled the scene.
Yolanda Davis a witness had this to say. “One of my friends just said, ‘Some man just got beat up,’ and I ran down the steps. He was coming across the street staggering. I said, ‘Come over here and sit down’ because no one would help him, they just kept on riding along.”
Davis added, Lloyd Walters had injuries on his face and chest.
Davis continued to say; “Blood was just pouring like water.” Davis said. I asked! ‘Who did this to you?’ He said, ‘My son tried to kill me.”
Authorities say, Raymond Walters who has an extremely lengthy criminal history and was out of prison on parole for a robbery. Subsequently, he stole his father’s pickup truck and sped away from the scene.
According to police report, He crashed that pickup truck a short time later into a tree in the 4500 block of Airway Road.
Authorities with the Riverside Police Department said, when they responded to the crash, they found Walters outside of the crashed pickup truck. They commenced apprehending him.
However, officials with the Riverside Police Department reported that it was during this time that Walters was able to hijack one of the Riverside police cruisers, despite the fact that he was in the process of being shocked with a Taser.
According to authorities, as he attempted to flee from the police, Walters crashed into another police cruiser, then sped away toward downtown Dayton at a high rate of speed.
Reportedly, dashboard camera video shows the reckless scene unfold as the stolen cruiser attempts to elude police, speeding away – in reverse – with the passenger side door left ajar.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said, “A Riverside officer tased the suspect in an attempt to stop the theft of the cruiser. The Taser was ineffective, and the suspect fled in the police cruiser.”
Chief Biehl added, with lights flashing, the stolen police cruiser plowed through a red light near the Dayton library, crashing into two vehicles at an estimated speed of approximately 97 mph.
Authorities said the stolen cruiser first struck a red Acura SUV at the intersection of East Third Street and Patterson Road.
Mary Creamer another witness at the scene had this to say. “I seen the cruiser. He was just flying. I was like, ‘Why doesn’t he have his lights on?’ I thought it was a little strange. He was just flying with no lights on, and the next thing you know, it was a chain reaction. He just slammed into these cars.”
Reportedly, the cruiser struck a gray Honda Odyssey, causing it to roll and come to rest on a southwest curb. Seven children and one adult were inside.
Unfortunately two of those children – identified as McBride and Jasko – were killed. A third child remains in critical condition.
Authorities added, seven of the people inside of that van were of the same family. The eighth was a family friend. They were visiting the library Monday evening to drop off a book.
Authorities believe the impact caused the police cruiser to split into multiple pieces. Walters survived and was taken into custody.
However, on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 Biehl described Walters as a man with a lengthy criminal history, including a history of drug abuse.
Biehl added, they are looking into whether Walters was high on methamphetamine at the time of the collision.
Subsequently, several others were left injured following the ordeal. With the exception of one of the children in critical condition. The others that were involved were treated and released from the hospital or remain in stable condition.
Thusly, 32-year-old Raymond Walters Jr. was treated at an area hospital and is now in police custody.