NEW VINEYARD – A driver died at the scene of a single vehicle crash Sunday night after police say he refused to stop for an officer, sped off and was later found in the wreckage of his car.
Jonathan Daellenbach, 29, of Reading, Mass., was killed after the 2004 yellow Ford Focus he was driving went off Route 27 near the Basin Road intersection, rolled over and crashed into a rock wall and trees, according to Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, Sheriff’s Deputies Andrew Morgan and Kevin Hartley were monitoring traffic while sitting in the Maine Wood Turning parking lot on Route 27, near the intersection of Route 234 at the village center of New Vineyard.
At 9:40 p.m., “Morgan noticed a southbound vehicle traveling at what appeared to be at a speed over the posted speed limit,” Nichols said. In that section of the road, the speed limit is 35 mph and police say they clocked the vehicle at 54 mph.
Morgan pulled out to stop the vehicle, but as soon as he did “the southbound vehicle accelerated. As Morgan attempted to catch up to the vehicle and had his last sight of it, the vehicle was traveling 96 mph,” Nichols said.
Morgan could no longer see the vehicle but continued to travel southbound on Route 27. Deputy Hartley, who was following Morgan at a distance behind, “actually discovered the vehicle which had run off the road, rolled over and crashed into a stone wall and trees on a corner south of the Basin Road intersection,” Nichols said.
The driver, Daellenbach, was the registered owner of the vehicle, died at the scene as a result of his injuries. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
“The driver was seat belted however the car sustained massive damage,” Nichols said. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the accident.