UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — Police say the camera from a police cruiser shows an officer had entered an intersection with a green light when his vehicle struck a car, killing all six members of a family.
Perry Township Chief of Police Robert Oppenheimer said the footage shows the victims’ Toyota Corolla enter the intersection on a red light and then stop before the crash.
The officer, from Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus, was responding to an armed robbery report when the crash occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday. Officials say the cruiser’s lights were flashing and the siren was on.
Police say a Columbus man was driving the other car, with his wife and their four daughters — ages 16, 14, 12, and 2 — as passengers. No one was wearing a seat belt, and the toddler was not in a child seat, Oppenheimer said.
‘‘That car was just totaled, and they probably died instantly,’’ he said. Autopsies were planned.
The officer, who had been traveling alone, was being treated for a serious head injury at a hospital but was in stable condition, said Jason Pappas, head of the local police union.