Sunday, July 09, 2000

Fugitive kills boys in crash, then is shot

The Associated Press

        AKRON, Ohio — A driver fleeing police slammed into a minivan and killed two young brothers, then was killed in a gunfight between police and a suspected accomplice.

        An autopsy determined that William Caton, 42, died of gunshot wounds to the neck and body, Harry Campbell, chief investigator for the Stark County coroner, said Friday night.

        Crime lab investigators must check the slugs to determine whether the fatal shots were fired by police or Brenda Meehan, 29, in a gunfight at the crash scene moments after the accident, Mr. Campbell said.

        The accident flipped the minivan and pushed it out of an intersection, killing Nicholas Ellesin, 5, and his 3-year-old brother, Alexander. They lived outside Alliance, a few miles from the crash site.

        Their 7-year-old brother, William Ellesin, remained in serious condition Saturday at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

        Their mother, Alexandra Ellesin, the minivan driver, was treated at Aultman Hospital in Canton.

        Police said Ms. Meehan was driving a stolen car ahead of Mr. Caton, doubled back after the crash and fired on officers at the accident scene in Stark County.

        Ms. Meehan fled and was captured about two hours later about 65 miles south of Akron. She was walking with a .semiautomatic pistol in her backpack, police said.

        She was jailed in Guernsey County on warrants charging her with receiving stolen guns.

        Last month, police said Mr. Caton was wanted on charges of including weapons, being a fugitive, domestic violence, burglary and receiving stolen property. charges. He had been sent to prison five times.


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