Victims ID'd in fatal weekend crash in CLE

Posted at 7:52 AM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 08:45:53-04

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that left two dead and four injured in Cleveland early Saturday morning, police said. 

Cleveland police said three cars and seven people were involved in the crash that happened at around 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue. 

According to city spokesperson Daniel Ball, one car was traveling in the westbound lane of St. Clair Avenue and attempted to make a left, southbound turn onto East 103rd Street. 

A second car was traveling in the eastbound lane of St. Clair Avenue, which officials said was "in excess" of the posted speed limit, when the driver struck the first vehicle at the East 103rd Street intersection.

Officials said the crash caused the second car to spin. 

A third car traveling in the eastbound lane of St. Clair Avenue, also in excess of posted speed limit, was behind the second vehicle and also struck the first car, causing the second car to spin again off the road. 

That vehicle then struck a brick wall and engulfed into flames, officials said. 

Police said both alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

Four people were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and one was taken to University Hospitals. The driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The front passenger of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center. 

The victims have been identified as Brandon Garnett, 28, of Cleveland and Tyra Lyons, 26, of Cleveland.

Cleveland EMS said of the four people taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, two people were in critical condition. The person taken to University Hospitals was in serious condition. 

Police continue to investigate the crash.