Driver who hit, killed two pedestrians on Interstate 71 said he fell asleep at the wheel

Posted at 9:44 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 12:09:15-04

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed two people on Interstate 71 Tuesday. 

Officials say the driver of a 2014 Toyota Camry was headed northbound on I-71 around 4:25 p.m. when he drove off the right side of the road. The driver hit two pedestrians and a disabled tractor trailer.

The driver told troopers he fell asleep at the wheel and did not know he hit the pedestrians.

The driver suffered minor injuries, was treated by Emergency Medical Services and released.

The two pedestrians, Steven Garceau, 44, and Dennis McKenzie Jr., 28, died at the scene. Investigators say it appears they had been working on the tractor trailer when they were hit.