UPDATE: Dan Ripepi, of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, killed after overhead I-480 highway sign toppled onto his pickup truck

Dan Ripepi, of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, killed in I-480 crash

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Dan Ripepi, of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, was killed after a highway sign crashed onto his Ford pickup truck on I-480 Thursday morning.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on I-480 west at State Road.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said a dump truck, with its bed raised, hit the sign, which then fell onto Ripepi’s pickup truck.

Lt. Rob Gable said when the sign fell it hit the Ford pickup in the front end “but it also landed on the truck. It’s a large trust so part of it hit the front of the truck but part of it hit the top.”

Gable said “all the witness accounts say [the dump truck bed] was fully raised when it struck the sign.”

At its highest point, the lifted dump truck is 25 feet. The clearance height for the sign is 17 feet.

Gable said part of the investigation is “determining whether there was something wrong with the truck or something the driver did that caused the truck to operate the way it did.”

The dump truck driver was not injured.

An ODOT spokesperson said the dump truck operator was working on an ODOT construction project between I76 and State Road.

ODOT said they contracted with Karvo who subcontracted with CJ Zac who subcontracted with an independent contractor, Midland Concrete and Sand Transportation Inc.

Cleveland officials released this statement regarding Ripepi’s death:

“We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Daniel C. Ripepi on Sept. 24, 2020 in a tragic traffic incident. Daniel and his family have been longstanding partners of the City of Cleveland, especially our safety forces. The A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home is a well-respected Northeast Ohio business which has served countless residents in their time of grief with compassion and kindness. The A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home most recently accommodated officers from around the country to honor fallen Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz. Daniel C. Ripepi was instrumental in gifting our Cleveland Police canines with ballistic vests. We offer our deepest sympathy to Daniel’s wife, Kristen, their children, the Ripepi family and all who knew and loved Daniel.”
Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams

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