OSHP: Toddler held in front seat passenger’s lap killed in suspected substance-related crash

News

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) is investigating an early morning crash that resulted in the death of a 1-year-old child.

Troopers say a 60-year-old Cleveland man was driving southbound on E. 133rd Street around 1:39 a.m. Sunday when he veered off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Two passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. A 49-year-old East Cleveland woman was in the front seat holding the 1-year-old boy on her lap.

The driver and his passengers were transported to University Hospitals where the toddler was pronounced dead.

OSHP believes alcohol and drugs played a role in the crash.

“This is a senseless tragedy that should have been avoided,” Lt. R. E. Gable told FOX 8 in an email.

Gable says no charges have been filed but are expected later Sunday.

He also identified the front-seat passenger as the child’s grandmother. The driver was reportedly the grandmother’s boyfriend.

The toddler’s mother was notified of her son’s death at the hospital.

Around the Buckeye State

More Ohio News
FOX 8 Cleveland Weather // Quick Links:

Hot on FOX 8

More Viral