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Driver who died on I-480 veered off on-ramp, was not wearing seatbelt, according to investigators

Posted at 8:31 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 11:44:17-05

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Investigators have released new details about the fatal single-car crash that closed I-480 eastbound on Thursday night.

The female crash victim was identified this morning by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner as Brittany Ford, 29, of Bedford Heights. The state highway patrol's crash investigation reveals that a Nissan Versa, driven by Ford, entered I-480 eastbound from Broadway Avenue. Troopers said she failed to negotiate a curve on the ramp, traveling off the left side of the ramp and down an embankment before overturning onto the highway.

Ford was not wearing her seat-belt and was ejected from the vehicle, troopers said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash shut down I-480 eastbound from Lee Road to Broadway Avenue for approximately three hours while authorities investigated the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and it is not known if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash, according to authorities.

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