The Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said Thursday it still needs help identifying a white male and a black male who were among four people killed in a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Akron.
The two unidentified males were in the back seat of the vehicle, which crashed and then burned about 3:30 a.m. on Goodyear Boulevard.
One backseat passenger is a caucasian male, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 228 pounds, the medical examiner’s office said in a news release Thursday. He appears to be in his 20s or 30s and has a metal plate in his left jaw.
The other passenger appears to be a small framed, slim African-American male, possibly an adolescent, the medical examiner’s office said. He is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 106 pounds, with a dental bridge on his upper front teeth.
Anybody with information is asked to contact the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office at 330-643-2101.
The driver of the car was identified as Colleen A. Wood, 29, of Malasia Road in Akron. The front-seat passenger was Alex Jay Lester, 29, who lived off Merrill Road in Ravenna.
Wood, whose driver’s license was suspended earlier this year, was driving Lester’s car, a 2006 Ford Taurus.
The Taurus was going west on Goodyear Boulevard apparently at a high rate of speed, according to police, and failed to negotiate a curve. The car hit a retaining wall and ran into a traffic signal pole where it caught fire near Kelly Avenue.
Wood and the two backseat passengers were killed by the fire, according to the medical examiner’s office. Lester, the front seat passenger, died of blunt force trauma with a laceration to his heart.
All four people died within seconds, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Toxicology tests have not yet been completed.
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