Suspected carjackers die after crash as they fled from Madison County deputy

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MADISON COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed two suspected carjackers as they sped away from authorities in Madison County.

According to a news release from the Madison County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a reported carjacking in the village of Mt. Sterling around 10:13 p.m. on Monday.

Moments later, a Madison County deputy spotted the described vehicle -- a 2008 maroon Chevy Equinox -- headed northbound on State Route 56. The deputy then turned around and attempted catch up with the SUV, which sped away. Less than a minute later, officials said the deputy found the vehicle off the left side road just south of Moorman Road after it struck a utility pole and a tree.

The driver, 20-year-old Chuck Tackett II of Washington Court House, and passenger, 32-year-old Dominique L. Sims of New Holland, were both ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said neither had their seat belts on.

Investigators confirmed the vehicle was the one stolen.

Deputies said the entire sequence last less than two minutes.