Man Charged After Plowing SUV Into Street Fair Crowd
CLEVELAND — Cleveland police have charged Timothy Spock, 39, with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Spock is accused of driving his SUV through a barricade and into a crowd of people at the “Dancin’ in the Street” fair Sunday evening.
“I saw this SUV barreling through, it hit the barrier then the tent and it rolled over two people. It hit another man and he flew into the windshield of the SUV, bounced off and hit my friend and then he just stopped,” says eyewitness Samara McCollough.
Spock hit four people, killing Mitchell Andelmo, 27, and seriously injuring his girlfriend Constance Pokorny, 25. Pokorny and another victim, Basil Bass, 44, are currently listed in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center. Fourth victim Kevin Lett, 37, has since been treated and released.
Mitchell Andelmo’s father Henry posted a statement on his Facebook page after hearing the tragic news. He wrote, “I will miss you. I loved you. You were my best friend and the greatest son a man could ever want and have. May you live forever in peoples’ hearts.”
Now, just about 10 feet away from where the tragic accident happened, there’s a chalk drawing of a large heart with Mitchell and Constance’s name written inside.
“I think it’s great that they are actually symbolizing somebody here who lost their life, and it’s a tragedy because of the circumstances they were under,” says accident witness Christie DeWitt. The “Dancin’ in the Street” fair is held each year to raise money and awareness for the AIDS virus in Cleveland’s LGBT community.
Witnesses also say they are hoping and praying Constance Pokorny can recover from her injuries.
Police say Spock was drunk at the time of the crash and he been arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence. He has three prior OVI violations.
Spock is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.