HARBORCREEK, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were still investigating a fatal crash that killed a Findley Lake resident Monday.
The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. shortly after Jeremy A. Guzowski, 31, was reportedly observed stealing DVDs from a Wal-Mart store in Harborcreek Township. Police said Guzowski fled from the store and later crashed his vehicle into a tree after a high-speed chase.
Guzowski, who was thrown 50 feet from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Erie County Deputy Coroner Korac Timon.
A State Police collision and accident reconstruction team, as well as a forensic services unit, processed the scene on Monday. Authorities were still piecing together the accident this week.
According to State Police Sgt. Mark Zaleski, an off-duty trooper on Monday confronted Guzowski and ordered him back into Wal-Mart after personnel caught him stealing DVDs. Police said Guzowski then got into his vehicle and fled the parking lot.
Responding troopers chased Guzowski on Depot Road then west on Firman Road. Speeds increased in the chase, forcing troopers to back off from the pursuit.
According to a police report, Guzowski lost control of his vehicle before striking the tree in a driveway on Firman Road. After being ejected, Guzowski struck the front end of a parked vehicle.
Authorities later learned Guzowski was wanted in North Carolina on a felony warrant for attempting to obtain a controlled substance.