Speed appears to be a factor in the death of a woman whose car ran off Interstate 271 in Northfield Center May 17, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.
Summit County Medical Examiner chief investigator Gary Guenther said Stow resident Linda Smearsoll, 52, died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries. He said toxicology tests are pending.
In a press release issued May 18, deputies said Smearsoll was traveling southbound about 7:15 a.m. May 17 in a 2012 Toyota Corolla about one mile south of Route 8 when her car went off the right side of the roadway and struck a construction equipment trailer being unloaded on the right berm. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
Sheriff's Inspector William Holland said witnesses at the scene reported Smearsoll had been changing lanes and driving in an "erratic" manner prior to the crash. He said a worker stepped away from the equipment trailer moments before Smearsoll crashed into it.
ODOT District 4 spokesman Brent Kovacs said workers had been unloading equipment needed as part of a resurfacing project on that stretch of the highway. He said the project is to begin May 30. One lane of the highway was closed for about three hours following the crash.
The crash is being investigated by the Summit Metro Crash Response Team, the Sheriff's office stated.