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Car crash in Elyria early Friday morning leaves 1 dead, 1 hospitalized

Highway Patrol
Posted at 10:28 AM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 15:17:32-04

ELYRIA, Ohio — A fatal two-car crash in Elyria early Friday morning is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol. The left one driver dead, while the other sustained injuries and was transported to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital, authorities said.

According to the State Highway Patrol, the crash took place at approximately 12:53 a.m. on State Route 58. A 2013 Kia Optima was heading north while a 2009 Jeep Liberty was traveling south and drifted left of the center line, striking the Optima head-on.

The driver of the Kia Optima, identified as 48-year-old Manuel DeJesus Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 25-year-old driver of the Jeep Liberty was transported to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital after being extricated from the vehicle.

There is a suspicion of impairment that caused the wreck, and the matter remains under investigation, according to police. No charges have yet been filed.

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