Prosecutor to consider charges in deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 480

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Mark Rafter (Photo courtesy: Brooklyn police)
Mark Rafter (Photo courtesy: Brooklyn police)

BROOKYLN, Ohio– The crash that killed a 20-year-old Cleveland woman remains under investigation as the other driver recovers.

Police said Mark Rafter, 49, of Brooklyn, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 480 early Sunday morning when he hit another car. Kayla Coates’ Ford Fiesta sustained heavy damage on the driver’s side while Rafter’s track was overturned.

Kayla Coates (Photo courtesy: Brooklyn police)
Kayla Coates (Photo courtesy: Brooklyn police)

Coates, a student at Baldwin Wallace University who was driving to work, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rafter was seriously injured and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he remains.

When the Brooklyn Police Department is finished with its investigation, the case will be turned over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to determine charges.

To donate to a GoFundMe account for Kayla’s funeral expenses, click here.

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