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Apparent drag racing incident in Maple Heights leaves two dead

2 dead, 1 life-flighted to MetroHealth after speed-related incident on Broadway Avenue in Maple Heights

Police tell 3News that speed is a factor in the incident.

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Maple Heights Police Department is investigating an apparent drag racing accident that killed two and sent a third to the hospital via life-flight. 

According to officials, the incident happened on Broadway Avenue around 10:55 a.m. after they received a call stating that a car had struck a pole. 

Upon arrival, police found three victims trapped inside of the vehicle and worked quickly to extract the individuals. Two were pronounced dead on the scene while a third was lift flighted to MetroHealth. 

The victims’ identifications are currently being withheld as next of kin are notified. 

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“As soon as I looked in the car, I knew it was bad. And it happened, just like that,” says Maple Heights resident Reginald Easley, who lives nearby and saw the tragic incident happen in real-time.

Police are asking anyone that may have witnessed the accident or may have information regarding this incident to contact the Maple Heights Detective Bureau at (216) 587-9624. 

According to the Maple Heights resident, the other car involved in the incident appeared to be a Mustang, but police have not corroborated Easley’s account. 

The accident remains under investigation at this time. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 

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