Highway Patrol investigating fatal Garfield Heights crash

(Garfield Heights) – Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Cleveland Post responded to a single vehicle fatal crash in the City of Garfield Heights Thursday night, December 26, 2019.

They were dispatched to Interstate Route 480 near mile post 23 at 10:01 pm at the request of the Garfield Heights Police Department. When troopers arrived they found the freeway closed and a 2009 Nissan Versa in the middle lane of Interstate Route 480 eastbound.

The crash investigation revealed the Nissan was attempting to enter Interstate Route 480 eastbound from Broadway Avenue.

The vehicle, which was being driven by Brittany Ford, 29 years old, of Bedford Heights, failed to negotiate a curve on the ramp, traveled off the left side of the ramp, down an embankment, and overturned onto the freeway.

Ford was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Interstate Route 480 eastbound was closed from Lee Road to Broadway Avenue for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and the scene was cleared.

The crash remains under investigation and it is not known if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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