Car Found in Cuyahoga River

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AKRON, Ohio — Emergency crews responded to Portage Trail Hill near Akron-Peninsula Road Tuesday morning, where a car plunged into the Cuyahoga River.

Authorities have identified the driver as Robert Bugge, 50, of Akron. Officers say Bugge crashed his Pontiac Grand Prix after swerving to avoid a deer in the road at approximately 1:30 a.m. He then left the overturned car in the river and walked home without contacting police or informing relatives at his residence about the accident.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said a person walking on the Towpath noticed a 10-foot gap in the bridge, before noticing the car overturned in the river. The Akron Fire Department was called to the scene just after 11:30 a.m. No one had been transported to the hospital as of 12:30 p.m.

After searching the river extensively, divers did not find anyone in the water. Officers eventually found Bugge at his residence and brought him to the scene. He was then taken to a local hospital for head injuries sustained in the accident, and he was cited for failure to control his vehicle.

The accident occurred near the area where a dump truck driver was killed back in July.

Investigators said 41-year-old Christopher Burgess was killed when his brakes failed and his truck plunged into the Cuyahoga River. Burgess died after the cab of the vehicle became submerged in the water.

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