Man killed in suspected wrong-way crash on State Route 8 in Cuyahoga Falls

The southbound lanes of Route 8 are back open after being closed overnight.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2019 at 7:50 PM EST
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WOIO) - Summit County investigators are looking into a deadly crash believed to have involved a wrong-way driver on State Route 8 late Wednesday night.

At around 11:25 p.m., multiple vehicles and a tractor-trailer crashed on State Route 8 near Second Street, according to Cuyahoga Falls Police.

Witnesses and police tell 19 News that it’s suspected that one of the vehicles was driving north in the southbound lanes at estimated speeds over 100 miles per hour.

One of the drivers was identified as 22-year-old Tyler Williams, of Akron.

Tyler Williams
Tyler Williams(Source: Provided to WOIO)

We talked to 21-year-old Annie Bias, who thought her prom date and best friend was someone who would always be in her life.

She doesn’t believe her friend could’ve been the driver to get on the highway the wrong way.

“That’s crazy to me to think that he would do something like that because he seemed to be on the right track,” said Bias. “He seemed to have like a level-headed mind.”

Police have not confirmed if Williams was the suspected wrong-way driver.

Williams died in the crash and another driver had to be extricated from their vehicle by the Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department. That person is now at a local hospital with serious injuries.

“You know everyone has their struggles I think, but he was really doing so good,” Bias said of Williams. “We were proud. We were really proud of him.”

The crash was captured on another driver’s dash camera system.

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The southbound lanes of State Route 8 reopened at approximately 7 a.m., near eight hours after the crash occurred.

Cuyahoga Falls police said it is too early to determine if drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Bias says she doesn’t think Williams would get behind the wheel after drinking.

This Thanksgiving, she has a message for anyone who will listen.

“Just be grateful for the people in your life,” Bias said. “That’s all I really keep thinking about is I just wish I could hug him.”

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