Friends React to Arrest in Horrific I-77 Crash

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Serious charges were filed against a driver, who police said caused a deadly accident on Interstate 77 last month.

The scene was horrific. April 23rd, the accident shut down Interstate 77 in Broadview Heights in both directions for hours.

Wednesday, police charged Antony Ford, 23, of Cleveland for allegedly causing it. They said he was weaving in and out of traffic and slid into a piano delivery truck, causing the driver to lose control.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, three counts of aggravated vehicular assault, reckless operation and driving under suspension.

"You see people do that a lot; but to have it cause the death of two people, injuries to several, it's just terrible," said a friend of one of the victims.

"I was driving my daughter to school and saw the moving truck jet across the two lanes and went over into 77 north and then it was just chaos," said Dan Baiko, a witness.

Police said when the southbound piano truck went airborne into the northbound lanes of traffic, it sheared off the top of a car, driven by 57-year old Gail Bradley of Medina, who was on her way to work.

The truck driver, 33-year old David Starr of Barberton, was also killed.

His co-worker, Johnie Redrick, was seriously injured. He is currently listed in good condition at MetroHealth Medical Center.

"It's just so sad that someone who was just going to do his job that day had to be up against carelessness and recklessness," said another friend.

"There was a nurse that had gotten there before I did and was giving CPR to one of the people that was injured," said Baiko

Dan Baiko said he pulled over to see if there was anything he could do.

"I went to see if there was anybody else in the truck that jumped and I came around the car and somebody was pinned under the car; so we screamed for people to come help and a couple people came running. We lifted the car as high as we could. Somebody dragged him out," Baiko added.

Friends of David Starr said he was a great person and always a careful driver.

"Those guys, they were all the time very careful about that because he drove; he was on the road a lot," said one of his friends.

Ford is out of jail on bond, although FOX 8 was not able to reach him Wednesday for comment.

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