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53-year-old man crashes vehicle while having cardiac arrest, dies later at hospital

Posted: 9:17 AM, Dec 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-20 09:17:19-05
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AKRON, Ohio — A 53-year-old man died after he suffered a cardiac episode while driving in Akron, which caused him to crash into a retaining wall, according to police.

Officers responded to a crash at 7:50 a.m. in the 500 block of Madison Avenue on Thursday. They found two vehicles involved in a collision.

A vehicle was traveling southbound on Madison Avenue when a 53-year-old driver suffered from what appears to be a cardiac episode, police said.

His medical emergency caused him to lose control of his car, which went left of center, striking a stopped northbound car head-on. The 53-year-old man continued southbound out of control and crossed over Madison Avenue, say police. His vehicle came to a stop against a wooden retaining wall in front of 564 Madison Avenue.

The driver was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, where he was pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

The 79-year-old driver of the other vehicle who was hit head-on suffered minor injuries.