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Police arrest man for case involving woman who was pushed from car on I-90

Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 17:01:49-04

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man has been arrested following an investigation into the death of a woman who was pushed out of a car on I-90 earlier this week.

On Monday just after 5 p.m., officers responded to a call for a pedestrian struck on I-90 near Carnegie Avenue. Police said that Cleveland EMS was already loading the woman into an ambulance when they arrived.

The woman, Vonnashia Akins, 21, was pronounced dead at 5:32 p.m. at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Authorities said that the man—who has not been identified—was arrested for tampering with evidence. Official charges have not been filed.

Police didn't elaborate on the relationship between the man and the woman. The man's attorney, Lief Christman, said his client and Akins were romantically involved previously.

Christman said that his client and Akins were arguing in the car and he attempted to hold onto her when she tried to jump out. According to the attorney, the man lost his grip on Akins' arm and he panicked—which is why he left the scene after she exited the car.

The attorney said his client is very shaken up over the entire incident and sends his "deepest condolences to her family."

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