|Updated: 10/01/2013 4:11 pm
||Published: 9/30/2013 4:44 pm
A man accused of running from police and causing a multiple car accident has died.
Tulsa police report they attempted to stop Joey Williams, 27, for a seat belt violation but he eluded police.
Officers later found out Williams had a suspended license.
Police say Williams ran through a stop sign at East Newton Street and hit off-duty Tulsa District Fire Chief Ben Herring who was traveling north on Yale Avenue.
"I just up got up in time to see the car and pick up slide in front of my yard," said Dennis Woodward.
He heard the impact and witnessed what happened after the crash.
Witnesses said the man in the red truck, Ben Herring, was able to get out of the smashed truck.
"He got out on his own and walked around and collapsed on the ground. He was hurt, he was hurt pretty bad," said Woodward.
Witnesses says Herring was worried about everyone involved.
"He was more concerned about everyone else other than himself," said Woodward.
The man in the silver Mercury Sable was identified as Williams and police said he was trapped.
"The car was so crumbled up around him there wasn't anything we could do," said Woodward.
Witnesses said while emergency crews used the jaws of life on the silver car they didn't know if Williams was going to make it.
"I thought someone has got to be dead," said witness Larry Ruggles.
Traffic officers aid Williams died on the scene and came back and is in the ICU in critical condition.
"He looked like he was in pretty bad shape," said Woodward.
Police said it started around 1:20 p.m. when a traffic officer attempted to pull over Williams on east Pine Street for a seat belt violation.
When Williams got into the neighborhood police said Williams was driving recklessly so they terminated the stop.
"When the silver car hit the first speed bump and went airborne the officer hit the lights and sirens and decided it wasn't worth a traffic violation," said TPD Traffic Sgt. Chris Witt.
However, the driver kept going and hit a second speed hump where police showed FOX23 News the scratch marks on the road.
Police believe Williams was going between 50 mpg and 70 mph.
"The speedometer is stuck on 68 mph," said Witt.
Police say Williams died on Tuesday afternoon.
The man in the grease truck was picked up by his company.
Police do not know why Williams was running from police. He did not have warrants but was driving on a suspended license.
Online court records did not show Williams had a violent record.
The Tulsa Fire Department said Herring has been on the department for more than 25 years.