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Semi driver dies

Cary Ashby • Oct 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A tractor-trailer driver has died from the serious injuries he sustained during a one-vehicle crash this month.

Merle "Les" L. Parker, 63, of Napoleon, died as a patient at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to the state Highway Patrol. The Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office informed the patrol of the man's death Sunday. Spokesmen with the coroner's office said Parker died at 7:11 p.m. Sunday, but his cause of death is being reviewed.

A LifeFlight helicopter transported Parker to the Cleveland hospital after the Oct. 11 crash in Wakeman Township. A spokeswoman with the Norwalk post said the driver had been in critical condition the entire time he was hospitalized.

About 1:35 p.m. Oct. 11, Parker was eastbound on Ohio 303. Trooper Sarah Frey, in her report, said the truck driver went off the right side, where Parker hit a guardrail and the semi overturned into a ditch.

The rig, which was hauling one steel coil on its flatbed, stopped partially in the ditch and on a guardrail. Lt. Doug Hamman has said the semi was in the process of going around a slight curve when it went off the road.

Wakeman firefighters and ambulance personnel removed Parker, who was wearing his seatbelt, from the 2006 Volvo semi.

Wilcox Garage towed the truck from the scene with disabling damage.

Ohio 303, from Ohio 60 to Ohio 511, was closed for several hours as crews removed the wreckage and steel coil.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Aaron Krause contributed to this story.

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