Victim worried about wrong-way drivers moments before Interstate 71 crash

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CLEVELAND-- A driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 in Cleveland plowed head-on into a truck, injuring the two drivers and their two passengers.

Anthony Wynn and his brother, Andrew, were headed home around 3 a.m. Friday in a U-Haul they rented to replace the floor at their church. That's when they realized a Ford Taurus going the wrong way on I-71 near the I-90 split.

"You get on the freeway going 71 south. And right at that moment, something told me, I said 'Please Lord, don't let a wrong-way driver hit us.' And as soon as I said that, we both saw the lights coming straight towards us," 51-year-old Anthony Wynn said. "My brother said 'Oh, there's a wrong-way driver."

ODOT cameras captured the high-speed collision on video.

"I went over to the right and he went the same way, and just hit us head on," Wynn said. "We hit the wall. I said 'God, please, don't let us go over the wall.'"

"First thing I thought was that I was going to die because we had seen this before. I mean this has happened, what? Two or three times previous?"

In February, a drunken driver was going the wrong way on Interstate 480 when he hit another car, Cleveland police said. That crashed killed 20-year-old college student Kayla Coates.

Cleveland police said the driver, 47-year-old Timothy Taylor, and his female passenger had been drinking before the crash. Wynn said Taylor, who runs his own private security company, tried to leave the scene, but two ODOT drivers made sure that did not happen.

"He kept starting his car, trying to leave, so the one trucker came and blocked him out, so he couldn't leave," Wynn said.

Investigators said they believe Taylor got on the wrong way at West 150th and traveled for miles before slamming into the truck.

Wynn said he has no hard feelings towards Taylor, but hopes he will realize he has problem.

"I understand that you know, we all have problems. We all have struggles and you know, if he was sober, he wouldn't have done anything like this."

Taylor was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. He now faces charges, including operating a vehicle under the influence.

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