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Man dies after rear-ending car at high rate of speed in Akron

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 15, 2021

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department is investigating a two-car crash that happened Thursday night and left one person dead.

It happened around 10:05 p.m. near East Cuyahoga Falls and Corwin avenues.

Police say a Mitsubishi Mirage was heading eastbound on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue when a Honda CR-V rear-ended it at a high rate of speed. The impact caused the Mitsubishi to slide into the opposite lane.

The Honda then went over a curb, hit two utility poles and stopped after hitting a retaining wall, police said.

The Honda’s driver, a 30-year-old man who has not been identified, died as a result of the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The Mitsubishi’s driver, a 23-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Mitsubishi also sustained serious injuries. Neither were wearing seat belts, authorities said.

Police say speed is a factor in the crash but it’s not clear if drugs/alcohol are factors.

The crash remains under investigation.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the condition of the passenger in the Mitsubishi.

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