Neighbors say cars were drag racing before deadly hit-and-run that killed a 58-year-old man on Cleveland’s East side

Updated: Jun. 7, 2020 at 10:41 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Neighbors say multiple cars were drag racing before a deadly hit-and-skip that killed a 58-year-old man on East 57th Street and Chester Avenue Sunday evening.

Multiple sources tell 19 News that at least three or four cars possibly more were drag racing on Chester Avenue at East 57th immediately before the deadly crash.

This all happened just before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

A black BMW that was among the vehicles that were drag racing crashed into a red vehicle that was traveling from another direction and then hit a pedestrian who was standing in the median on Chester Avenue.

A witness who lives in the area and did not want to be identified tells 19 News, “I was right there fixing on my truck and all I heard was a crash and then I heard a boom. Then a guy got out [of] the car and he went over in the street and that’s when I learned he had hit someone.”

David Brian Scruggs, 58, of Cleveland, was taken to University Hospitals by EMS, where he died.

58-year-old man dies after being struck by car on Cleveland’s East side; suspect fled the scene
58-year-old man dies after being struck by car on Cleveland’s East side; suspect fled the scene(Source: WOIO)

The witness says the driver of the black BMW was given the keys to another vehicle and took off before police could arrive.

Others who were reportedly part of the drag racing and knew the person responsible was questioned at the scene.

Others who were reportedly part of the drag racing and knew the person and knew the person responsible was questioned by police at the scene.

The witness tells me he could have predicted what happened because drag racing here has been a problem for years.

“This was bound to happen right here and it ended in a man’s death. They race up and down the avenue all the time here,” the witness said.

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