4 dead in traffic crashes on northeast Ohio roads over Memorial Day weekend

CLEVELAND - There have been at least four deaths due to traffic accidents on northeast Ohio roads this Memorial Day weekend.

"Memorial Day is traditionally one of the most dangerous holidays in Ohio on the roadways," according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Gullett.

A motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a Jeep on Route 608 in Concord Township Sunday afternoon, police said. According to authorities, alcohol was not a factor.

A 56-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were killed Saturday night when their Hondo rolled over on Griswald Road in Madison Township.

Officers said 31-year-old Victor Mohr was killed when he hit another vehicle head-on on U.S. 30 in Mansfield early Saturday morning. 

Then, three Stark County teens were sent to the hospital when the driver of the car they were in lost control and flipped over on Fohl Road in Navarre Village. One teen is in critical condition; the other two suffered minor injuries.

In 2012, 13 people died in traffic crashes over Memorial Day weekend.

Gullett said patrol officers were out in full force this year. As of 12 p.m. Monday, Gullett said more than 1,000 drivers in Cuyahoga County had received tickets.

"We aggressively enforce OVI infractions. We're looking for aggressive drivers, speeders, people who are following too close and also people who are not wearing their safety belt," explained Gullett.

Drivers who talked to NewsChannel5 said they avoid the roads during Memorial Day weekend.

"You never know if someone in front of you or behind you or oncoming to you is going to lose control," said Lecia Hyatt.

"I think more people need to sit and spend time with their families and less time at the bars running around," another resident said.

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