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Cleveland man charged in crash into utility pole that killed passenger

December 14, 2017

Cleveland man charged in crash into utility pole that killed passenger

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is charged in connection with a crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Anthony Williams, 61, is charged with vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor, in the Oct. 26 crash that fatally injured Dean Smith, according to court records.

Smith, 63, of Cleveland, died Nov. 9 from a brain bleed stemming from the crash, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

Williams was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 27 arraignment in Cleveland Municipal Court.

The fatal crash happened about 3:45 p.m. on Lakeshore Boulevard near East 160th Street, police said.

Williams’s car hit a U-Haul trailer, then veered off the side of the road and hit a utility pole, according to police dispatch records.

The crash rendered both Williams and Smith unconscious.. Several people gathered around the car to see if the two were okay, police dispatch records say.

Williams woke up and tried to drive away, but the bystanders held him there because they could see his passenger was unconscious, police said.

Williams lashed out at the bystanders, who told police dispatchers they were unable able to help the passenger because Williams was irate.

Officers patted Williams down and found suspected marijuana in his pocket, according to a police report.

Williams and Smith were taken to University Hospital. Smith died there two weeks later.

Williams was initially charged with failing to control his car and possessing marijuana. He pleaded no contest to those charges, court records show.

The vehicular homicide charge was filed Wednesday, records show.

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