Vigil Held for Victims of Street Fair Crash
CLEVELAND – A crowd of more than 100 people gathered near the intersection of W. 117th and Clifton on Tuesday night to honor the victims from Sunday’s deadly accident.
They came together to hug, cry and try to cope with the horrific tragedy.
Mitchell Andelmo, 27, originally of Avon Lake, was killed and three other people, including his girlfriend, were wounded.
Constance Pokorny, 25, was in fair condition at the time of this report.
Basil Bass, 44, remained in critical condition and Kevin Litt, 37, was treated and released.
Cleveland Police said Timothy Spock, 39, drove his SUV into a crowd of people who were enjoying the 28th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets event sponsored by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.
At the candlelight vigil, people prayed for the victims’ speedy recovery and shared memories of Mitchell Andelmo.
“He was a great guy a very kind-hearted person,” said Jacqueline Passano.
The AIDS Taskforce organized the vigil to give friends and family members a place to talk and feel supported.
“Everyone at the AIDS Taskforce is devastated and heartbroken by this senseless incident. We just thought it was really important to get the community together,” said Judith Pindell, Dir. of Public Policy and Advocacy, AIDS Taskforce Greater Cleveland.
During the vigil the crowd solemnly walked to the exact spot where the accident happened and promised to never forget the victims.
Police said Spock was driving drunk and has 3 prior OVIs as well as other offenses and traffic violations.
That makes friends of the victims very angry.
Jacqueline Passano said, “It seems like he shouldn’t have been driving at all after that many times.”
Spock is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and made his first court appearance Tuesday morning in Cuyahoga County.
Bond was set at $150,000 and the case was bound over to the grand jury.