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Akron police investigating 2 fatal car crashes

Posted at 2:30 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 15:45:06-05

AKRON, Ohio — Akron police are investigating two fatal crashes that happened Sunday night, according to a news release from the Akron Police Department.

The first crash happened at 7:45 p.m. when a 61-year-old driver from Cuyahoga Falls was traveling northbound in the 2300 block of Akron-Peninsula Road.

The driver drove off the right side of the road and hit a tree, according to the release. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said alcohol and speed do appear to be a factor in the crash.

The second crash happened around 10:30 p.m. when a 52-year-old man from Middleburg Heights was traveling northbound on I-77 when he drove off the road and struck a tree.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Authorities said the crash may have been caused by a medical condition.

The names of both victims are being withheld pending positive identification and family notification.