Deadly Crash: Driver charged after car plows into crowd at street festival
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
A horrifying crash at a Cleveland street festival. The driver plowed through a barricade and into a crowd of people.
Mitchell Andelmo was killed, and four others were injured.
Police quickly arrested the driver, a man police say is suspected of being drunk behind the wheel.
The accident happened at West 117th and Clifton Sunday at 7 p.m. where people were enjoying this year's "Dancing in the Streets" festival which is one of Cleveland's largest LGBT fundraisers run by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.
"Everything that we've been told so far, it was a tragic car accident. Someone just wasn't paying attention and just didn't acknowledge the gates that were blocking the entrance to the street," said Tracy Jones.
The driver, identified as 35-year-old Timothy Spock, hit five people and has been charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide.
One witness tried to help the injured.
"There was a lot of blood on the one side, but she was speaking," said Gary Pitman. "But the one guy I saw flying up in the air, it looked like 6 or 10 feet up in the air."
Timothy Spock will be arraigned Tuesday morning in court.
Statement from the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland regarding the traumatic events of Sunday, July 29th:
We at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred on Sunday, July 29th. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victim that passed away last night. We also offer our thoughts and prayers to the injured while they recover.
"The events of yesterday are shocking and heartbreaking," says Tracy Jones, CEO of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families and loved ones. We will do whatever we can to show our support and to honor those impacted by this tragedy."
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