Suspected wrong-way driver makes first court appearance for fatal accident in Willoughby Hills

Suspected wrong way driver in court charged with reckless homicide

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (WOIO) - The driver charged in connection with a horrific crash, which took the life of a Euclid woman last month, was arraigned Wednesday.

Donnell Ferguson II, 24, was charged with reckless homicide in the death of Skye Brown, 32, following a wrong-way crash on the I-271 northbound bridge on May 12.

Authorities said Ferguson was driving the wrong way on the overpass when he struck another vehicle head-on around 3:15 a.m. Brown was killed and four others were injured in the devastating collision.

Ferguson was charged after being released from a rehabilitation center in Lorain County and, because of his injuries, was released on a personal recognizance bond.

During his first court appearance, Ferguson waived his right for a preliminary hearing. His case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Ferguson remains out on personal bond and was placed under house arrest until his next hearing.

At one point, Ferguson’s attorney asked the court to help his client out:

“Your honor, we appreciate the personal bond. I understand the request for a monitoring bracelet; however, my client doesn’t have the means to pay for that. As you can see he suffered some severe injuries when he was in the accident, including a fractures knee cap, hip replacement, fractured skull. He’s unable to work. he has no income. He’s 24 years old and he’s living with his mother. So, he’s not going anywhere.”

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