GoFundMe set up for two children killed in accident on Ohio Turnpike

STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A GoFundMe has been set up for the two children children killed in a car accident on the Ohio Turnpike on Saturday.

Sisters, 13-year-old Tiarra Couture and 7-year old Payton Thatcher died in the crash.

The GoFundMe will help the family pay for the funeral and expenses. Three others were hurt in the accident.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the car, a 2010 Subaru Outback with five people inside, swerved to avoid a deer, and was then struck from behind by a Freightliner semi truck. The car then struck the deer and went off the left side of the road.

Strongsville Fire and EMS responded to the scene where they had to extricate the people in the backseat.

All five people in the car, three children and two adults, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Two of the children died at the hospital, and the other child and adults had non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was okay.


The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation but the deer is a factor.

In the state of Ohio, 2 people have died from deer crashes this year, one in Stark County and another in Ashland County.

State troopers caution drivers not to swerve away from deer but to hit the brakes and stay in your lane.

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