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Two dead in separate East Akron traffic accidents this weekend

Doug Livingston
dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com
Police tape

Two men died in East Akron this weekend in separate traffic accidents.

A 61-year-old man was struck Saturday evening while standing beside his pickup truck, which had broken down on the ramp from East Wilbeth Road to Interstate 77 North.

About 7:30 p.m. Friday, another driver in a fast-moving Ford Mustang slammed into the side of a commercial building where Lover’s Lane dead ends at South Arlington Street. The man, who was 41, was ejected from the Mustang, which left a hole in the side of the building, police said.

The deceased men weren’t identified as of Sunday. Staff with the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office were working to identify the victim of the hit-skip accident and notify next of kin for the younger driver who crashed his car.

Akron Police Lt. Michael Miller said the 61-year-old man had called a tow truck for assistance after his disabled 2008 Dodge Ram truck came to a stop on the shoulder of the downhill ramp from East Wilbeth Road to I-77 North. With the flatbed tow truck on scene just before 11 p.m., Miller said the “victim was standing alongside the driver’s side of vehicle when another northbound vehicle swiped the truck, hitting the victim.”

The second vehicle fled the scene. The tow truck driver could not give a description. There’s no known surveillance footage of the crash, Miller said.

Police have collected debris from the collision, which will be analyzed to determine the make and model of the hit-skip vehicle and possible track down the driver.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. The Summit County Crime Stoppers can be called at 330-434-COPS. Text TIPSCO with tips to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Friday fatal accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. when a 1995 Ford Mustang was traveling east along Lover’s Lane, Miller said. The Mustang careened into a vacant commercial building at the northwest corner of Lover’s Lane and South Arlington Street.

The driver was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Miller said speed is believed to have been a factor. Police have yet to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved.