BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) - A 20-year-old woman is dead after being hit by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 480 early Sunday morning.
Brooklyn police have not identified the victim, but her family has.
According to family members, Kayla Coates died when a car collided with her vehicle on the highway.
Police said a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old man was going east in the westbound lanes near Ridge Road about 4:38 a.m. when it collided with the vehicle driven by the 20-year-old.
He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. No word on his condition. Coates died at the scene.
According to Coates' Facebook page, which she updated 18 minutes before the crash, she was on her way to open a McDonald's restaurant, where she was a shift manager. Sunday was supposed to be her last day opening.
Coates was a student at Baldwin Wallace University. There will be a vigil for her Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. in the Strosacker Union ballroom.
The university is providing counselors for students during the day (440) 826-2180 or after 5 p.m. (440) 539-9949.
"Counseling services will be available today and through the week," said Richard Fletcher, Senior Vice President at Baldwin-Wallace. "Some students cope differently and need to have someone to talk to and it's important that we have professionals on staff who understand this and can work with students to help this grieving process."
Baldwin Wallace Statement
The BW community is filled with incredible sadness at the loss of one of our own, Kayla Coates of Cleveland. Kayla, a sophomore studying accounting, died when her car was hit by another motorist yesterday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kayla's family and friends in this time of sorrow.
A gofundme account has been setup to help the family with funeral expenses. $4,000 has been raised so far.
This is the second time this month that a driver was killed after getting hit by a wrong-way driver. A 22-year-old was killed while on her way home from work on Feb. 2 on I-71.
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