Semi driver dies

Rollover crash took place on Ohio 303 near Wakeman
Cary Ashby
Oct 23, 2013

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.

Comments

Betherella

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

I'd say it looks pretty disabling.

gene44870

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AMD FRIENDS . Its a sad day this is for sure

One thing I can say , is that is why I would never haul coil steel
Hauling coil steel is like hauling a cannon ball and then shooting through the air if the straps and chains that hold them down happen to give way .
You add the wieght as well as the speed the driver was going , and you can see the end