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Police identify driver in wrong-way I-480 crash that killed college student

BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) -

The man who drove the wrong way into traffic on I-480 Sunday and killed 20-year-old Kayla Coates in a head-on collision was identified Tuesday by Brooklyn Police.

Mark Rafter, 48, of Brooklyn, was behind the wheel of a white Ford F-150 pickup truck that drove toward Coates car at 4: 38 a.m., police said.

911 calls from witnesses reported a vehicle going east in the westbound lanes and colliding with another vehicle.  

When police arrived they found the 2005 pickup turned upside down and Coates 2016 Black Ford Fiesta with heavy driver’s side damage.

Coates was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rafter was seriously injured. He remains hospitalized at MetroHealth Hospital.

The incident remains under investigation.

Baldwin Wallace, where Coates was a sophomore, has planned a memorial service for the 20-year-old. The service, organized by the student government, will be held at the Strosacker Union ballroom at 9:30 pm. Tuesday.  

Coates' sister has also set up a gofundme.com page to help pay for funeral expenses.

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