State Patrol investigates fatal crash on I-77 near Richfield

State Patrol investigates fatal crash on I-77 near Richfield

RICHFIELD, OH (WOIO) - The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash which occurred on Interstate 77 southbound near milepost 145 which is in the Village of Richfield, Summit County. The crash happened around 10:20 p.m. Saturday evening, December 27.

The crash occurred when a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by Richard W Fort Jr, 58, of Maryland was parked on the right berm with vehicle problems. A second vehicle, a 2006 Buick Rendezvous driven by Denise McNerney, 54, of Mayfield Hts was southbound on I-77, driving on the berm, when it struck the rear of the 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche.

The impact caused severe damage to both vehicles. The driver, Richard Fort Jr. and his passenger, Katheryn Diane Burns-Fort, 59, of Maryland, were both transported to Akron General Montrose with minor injuries.

The driver of the 2006 Buick Rendezvous was transported to Akron General where she died of her injuries.

Seatbelt usage and alcohol involvement is unknown at this time.

This crash remains under investigation.

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