Teen killed in suspected drunk driving crash just left vigil for family member

Driver in crash that killed Cleveland teen believed to be driving drunk

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland police are investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Cleveland teen.

The collision was reported at 11 p.m. Sunday night near the intersection of East 71st Street and Cedar Avenue.

According to police, 20-year-old Pierre Coleman was speeding in a 2012 Hyundai northbound on East 71st Street when he crossed the double-yellow lines to avoid a vehicle stopped at the intersection's red light. A 61-year-old woman was traveling in her 2009 Chevrolet along Cedar Avenue through the green light when the two vehicles collided. The Hyundai went spinning into a utility pole.

There were five passengers in the Hyundai at the time of the crash.

According to Cleveland Ohio's Remembrance the victim, 17-year-old Eric Rose and the others were leaving a vigil for Eric's cousin, Tyrec Clinkscales, when the accident occurred. Clinkscales was found dead about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, on Woodland Avenue. He had been shot in the head.

Police say Rose was taken to University Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Rose was a student at East Tech High School in Cleveland. The school is offering grief counseling to students who are having difficulty dealing with his tragic death.

Several other teens in the vehicle were treated for injuries that ranged from minor to severe.

Police say the driver Coleman appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

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