CLEVELAND— Getting home from a Browns game proved to be a death-defying experience for one fan.
Ryan Dentscheff, 20, from Warren, was walking against traffic on S.R. 2 when police say he ran onto the freeway and was hit by a truck.
Eric Grosso, 29, from Parma Heights, told Fox 8's Lorrie Taylor he and his friends were within feet of the accident scene after having hopped the guardrail to escape heavy foot traffic along Alfred Lerner Way.
"Just for a second you think it's one car hitting another car, that's how loud it was, and then you look over and you realize it was just one car hitting a person," Grosso said.
Grosso told Taylor it's common for fans to walk the shoulder from the stadium toward East 9th Street, a shortcut that puts them within a few feet of oncoming cars.
He said the sound of Dentscheff colliding with a 2006 Dodge truck still haunts him a day after the accident.
"The people that I was with said they couldn't get to sleep last night and I couldn't either," he said.
Cleveland Police told Fox 8 a preliminary investigation determined Dentscheff tried to cross Route 2 between the East 9th ramp and West 3rd exit ramp for unknown reasons.
According to Grosso, Dentscheff was struck somewhere between the second and third lanes of the freeway near the concrete barrier that separates westbound traffic from cars traveling east.
"It was really, really, creepy and kind of horrific," said Grosso.
He admits he and the hundreds of other people who were filling up the shoulder of the highway were taking chances with their safety.
He said it's something he'll never do again.
"If I definitely ever go that way again, I'll definitely think about it twice," he said.
Dentscheff was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
His condition was upgraded from critical to fair.
He declined the opportunity to speak with Fox 8 about what happened.