Peerless Road crash victim dies
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 18, 2014 | 2172 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print


The driver of one of the vehicles involved in a grinding two-car crash earlier this month died from his injuries Thursday.

According to officer Josh Nix of the Cleveland Police Department, Owen Ware Jr., 25, “succumbed to his injuries while at Erlanger Medical Center.”

The conditions of three others, including a juvenile passenger who was inside Ware’s Nissan Maxima, were not made available due to privacy laws.

Chase Spears, 25, was the driver of a Isuzu Trooper that was reportedly rear-ended on Peerless Road. Spears and his passenger, Arielle Griffith, 22, were trapped inside the vehicle after it overturned and traveled approximately 80 yards before coming to rest in the intersection of 25th Street.

According to witness statements listed in the initial report provided by Cleveland Police Department, the driver of the Maxima, who was later identified as Ware, was reportedly driving at a high-rate of speed southbound on Peerless Road.

One witness stated she was stopped at a traffic light at Peerless Road and Raider Drive when she “saw a dark car speed around her and the other vehicles going south, in the north bound lane and proceed through the red light.”

“When she reached 25th and Peerless, the wreck had already happened,” according to Nix.

A number of other witnesses also indicated the Maxima was traveling at a high speed as it approached the intersection of 25th Street. Other witnesses noted the car struck the SUV in the rear and it went “tumbling and rolling into the intersection.”

According to the report, Nix was able to speak with Ware prior to his transport to Erlanger Medical Center. Ware reportedly confirmed to Nix that he was the driver of the Maxima.

Initially in the report, one of the witness statements indicated Ware was possibly ejected from his car during the impact.

Ware’s vehicle landed off the roadway on a nearby residential property.

Aiding the victims at the scene that evening were members of the Cleveland Fire Department, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service and CPD officers.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash; however, according to witness statements, there were a number of vehicles present on the roadways near where the crash occurred.

According to officials at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Ware became Bradley County’s sixth traffic-related death this year.