YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Two people were killed and a third seriously injured after police believe their car collided with a tractor trailer on Lansdowne Boulevard in Youngstown early Thursday.
Police said the survivor, Ronald Davis, 50, was taken to a Cleveland hospital after the two cars collided about 2 a.m. Thursday. He was the driver.
The two victims have been identified as David Kent Williams, 51, of Youngstown, and Keith “Monty” Rogers, 52, also of Youngstown. The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office said Williams was sitting in the right front passenger seat and he was identified by family members and tattoos. Rogers was sitting in the rear passenger seat and was identified by family members and id card photos, according to the coroner’s office.
The car burst into flames, trapping the victims inside. The coroner’s office said none of the occupants were wearing a seat belt and autopsies on Williams and Rogers will be performed at the Cuyahoga County Medicalm Examiner’s Office.
There was only one vehicle at the scene when emergency crews arrived, but witnesses told police the car collided with a semi-truck
“Not exactly sure what it hit but people who heard the crash looked out the window and they said they saw a semi sitting in the middle of the street – a semi with a trailer on the back,” Detective David Lomax said.
Police continue to look for the driver of the truck.
Friends and family have set up a makeshift memorial at the site of the crash.