‘I can’t get his face outta my head,’ witness says of deadly Youngstown crash

A car was southbound on S. Schenley Avenue in Youngstown when it hit a curb and went into a front yard

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police have released the name of the person killed in a car accident Tuesday night on Youngstown’s west side.

Alex Thomas, 24, of Youngstown, was killed when his car hit a tree and split in two around 8 p.m.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash on S. Schenley Avenue.

They say Thomas’ car was heading southbound when it hit a curb, went into a front yard and hit the tree.

The crash cut his car in half and split the tree in two. Investigators said the car ended up 175 feet away from the curb it initially hit.

Neighbors heard the crash and what they saw afterward is being described as a nightmare. Shawn Patterson says he didn’t get any sleep after what he saw.

“After I heard the bang like two seconds went by and my whole house shook,” Patterson said.

Patterson ran outside to his front yard and saw a tree snapped in half. He said it was a sturdy tree and it was turned upside down – then he saw the accident that caused it.

“I couldn’t get him, I couldn’t get his face out of my head.”

Another neighbor, Ila Nelson, said car parts were everywhere, and there was debris spread across several yards.

Nelson says she raced home from work when her daughter called about the accident. When she got there, she learned the victim died in her front yard. It’s something she says she will never forget.

“It was really sad. I really was upset, and I had to say a prayer for him,” Nelson said

Neighbors said speeding is a major problem on their street, despite it being a school zone. Police say in 2017, there were four crashes in the area of South Schenley Avenue and Oran Drive.

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