Late into the night on December 1st, 2023, a fatal accident occurred on Interstate 77 South in Independence, Ohio. The collision involved two cars and a semi-truck. Police responded to the scene near the Chestnut Road bridge shortly before 12:30 a.m. Traffic was brought to a standstill as emergency services worked tirelessly to respond to the incident.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified one of the victims as 29-year-old Johnny Brooks from Wadsworth. The second victim was Shani Stutler from Rittman, Ohio. Both individuals tragically lost their lives in the devastating accident.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation. It is yet unclear what led to the semi-truck colliding with the two vehicles. Authorities have closed down I-77 South as they continue their investigations and clear the accident site.
The tragic loss of Shani Stutler and Johnny Brooks will be deeply felt by their families, friends, and local communities. Our thoughts extend to all those affected during this challenging time.