Cleveland man who served 39 years for a murder he didn’t commit, now indicted in death of construction worker

Cleveland man who served 39 years for a murder he didn’t commit, now indicted in death of construction worker
Wiley Bridgeman

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has indicted Wiley Bridgeman, 64, in connection with the death of a construction worker.

University Heights police said on March 28 around 3 a.m., Bridgeman crashed into two construction workers at Cedar and South Green.

The workers, David Sollars, 54, of Rocky River, and Ronald Carter, 46, of Cleveland, were working for TraffTech and painting lines on the road at the time of the crash.

Sollars died from his injuries.

Construction worker David Sollars died after being struck by a car on March 28.
Construction worker David Sollars died after being struck by a car on March 28.

Bridgeman was indicted on the charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault and not stopping after an accident.

He will be arraigned on May 28.

Bridgeman served 39 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

He was convicted of a Cleveland murder in 1975 and released from prison in November of 2014, when prosecutors dismissed the case after the main witness changed his testimony.

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