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One dead after car crashes through Euclid dealership, bus shelter

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Posted at 6:27 AM, Mar 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 19:18:58-04

EUCLID, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner responded to a car wreck in Euclid, where it says a 20-year-old man died early Friday. The crash happened shortly after 3 a.m. near Euclid Avenue and Chardon Road.

“It was a disaster, unfortunately. My condolences go out to the family of the victim that was driving that car that was being chased, supposedly being chased,” said Dennis Ange, the owner of J.D. Byrider in Euclid.

As of Friday afternoon, it was unclear what led up to the deadly crash. The car totaled at least four vehicles and damaged another eight on Ange's dealership lot after slamming into a row of iron and concrete fence posts along Euclid Avenue. The impact then sent the car airborne, crashing into and destroying an RTA bus shelter.

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The aftermath of the RTA bus stop on Euclid Avenue.

“It’s a dangerous intersection to begin with, but when you put speed in it, it’s even worse," Ange said, explaining a police pursuit years earlier resulted in similar damage.

He added, "The intersection through Chardon and Euclid there, there’s a bend, extreme speed [was] involved in both cases. This is the second time and we will survive. We’ve got cars coming and we’re ready to go, we’re ready to sell cars.”

He explained supply chain issues with replacement parts could delay repairs to the damaged cars for up to 5 weeks.

Ange said investigators told him the car topped 100 mph as it rounded the bend in Euclid Avenue.

The Euclid Police Department is investigating the deadly crash, but it said the East Cleveland Police Department is leading the investigation into what happened before the crash.

Remnants of a car after it crashed into several parked cars of a dealership and a RTA bus stop on Euclid Avenue

East Cleveland police along with Euclid police officers responded to the scene to investigate.

News 5 has reached out to East Cleveland for details about what led up to the deadly crash.

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