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Suspected drunk driver who hit a mother and her 2 children dies at hospital

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 13:39:34-05

CANTON, Ohio — A suspected drunk driver who hit a mother and her two children on New Year's Eve in Canton has died, said Lt. Lisa Broucker, the Canton Police Traffic Commander.

The 40-year-old driver died at Summa Akron City Hospital on Tuesday evening after he slammed into a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Canton mother with her 9-year-old and 13-year-old in the backseat, police said.

The crash happened around 11: 35 p.m. on U.S. 62 eastbound between Market and Cleveland Avenue in Canton, according to the Canton Police Department.

Police said Chavez was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes when he hit the mother and two children head-on.

The mother and her two children were released from the hospital Tuesday with broken bones and scratches.

"They were very fortunate," Broucker said. "It could have been worse, but it was devastating to that family."