Driver in crash that killed two Hawken students swerved to avoid something in roadway

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GATES MILLS, Ohio – The Hawken student who was driving a Jeep when it crashed, killing two of his classmates, told police that he swerved to avoid something in the road right before the crash.

This according to the police report filed by the Gates Mills police department. The crash occurred on May 14th. Four Hawken students were in the car as it traveled south on County Line Road in the early afternoon. The driver swerved off the road, through two driveways, over a manhole cover and hit two trees before the car came to rest in the middle of the road.

Joshua Weil, 18, of Cleveland Heights,  and  Alexander Doody, 18, of Chagrin Falls died in the crash. They, the driver and another passenger were all seniors at Hawken School, a private institution in Gates Mills.

The report also states that the speed limit on the road is 35 miles an hour and that the vehicle was traveling at 55 miles an hour.

For more background on this crash, and to learn more about the students who lost their lives, you can click here.