The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday that an Akron man who was critically injured Aug. 2 in a one-car crash on Kent Road in Stow has died.
Miguel A. Noriega, 34, died of his injuries Sunday morning at Summa Akron City Hospital, Chief Investigator Gary Guenther confirmed.
Noriega was the lone motorist in a one-car traffic crash shortly before 10 p.m. Aug. 2 at the intersection of Kent and Verner roads in Stow. His vehicle reportedly left the roadway, hit a culvert and bushes, according to the medical examiner's office.
His death was ruled an accident, Guenther said. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Stow police said rescuers found Noriega unconscious and trapped in the car, which caught fire. The blaze was put out, and Noriega was rushed to the hospital.
Stow police and the Summit Metro Crash Response Team investigated, saying speed and alcohol use were believed to be factors in the crash. Family members and friends of Noriega dispute any alcohol use, saying they believe he fell asleep behind the wheel after working two jobs.
According to his published obituary, Noriega was a roofing contractor and a seasonal maintenance worker at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.
He leaves behind a son, his mother, three sisters and his girlfriend, among many other family members. Calling hours are from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Road, Akron, with a memorial service to follow.