The Gahanna Division of Police has identified 44-year-old Shannon E. Currier as the deceased victim of the fatal traffic crash that occurred Jan. 8 on Clark State Road at Headley Road.

According to the Gahanna Division of Police, officers responded to a report of a suspected known and wanted person who was leaving a residence on Park Drive at 6:54 p.m. Jan. 8.

A vehicle belonging to Christopher A. McCleese, 38, was seen leaving a residence on Park Drive and traveling onto Johnstown Road.

Officers have been on the lookout for McCleese because of an active warrant for felonious assault resulting from an incident Jan. 3, reports said. Currier was the alleged victim, said Carrin Wester, Gahanna's communications manager.

A vehicular pursuit was initiated at 7 p.m. by Gahanna officers at East Johnstown Road and ended at 7:04 p.m., when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a tree at Clark State and Headley roads, according to police.

McCleese fled the crash scene but was taken into custody at 7:40 p.m. in the Clark State Road area, according to police.

Currier, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene, Wester said.

McCleese was taken to Mount Carmel East for treatment of nonlife threatening injuries, Wester said.

The traffic crash is under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office, according to police.

The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

Additional charges likely will be filed against McCleese as a result of the traffic crash pending lab results in the next 24 hours, Wester said.

Anyone who might have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Gahanna Division of Police at 614-342-4240.

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