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Cleveland man hit, killed Thursday night while outside vehicle on Interstate 71


Cleveland man hit, killed Thursday night while outside vehicle on Interstate 71

By Michael Sangiacomo

September 11, 2009, 10:05AM

UPDATED 12:05 P.M. BROOK PARK, Ohio — A Cleveland man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a car on Interstate 71 in Brook Park after his vehicle broke down.

According to Brook Park police, Junior Lane, 47, of Cleveland, was a passenger in a pickup with a trailer on I-71 north of Snow Road at 9:23 p.m. The truck stopped on the highway to check on a problem with the trailer. Lane and another passenger got out of the truck stopped in the center lane. Lane was standing between the truck and trailer when the trailer from behind by the Mercedes Benz driven by a 72-year-old Rolf Barth of Columbus.

Police said the other passenger avoided injury.

Lane was taken to Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights, where he was pronounced dead.

Police asked that anyone who witnessed the incident call detectives at 216-433-1239.

osted by dibmx

September 11, 2009, 10:32AM

Why the heck don't people get over, like they are supposed to, when they see a car disabled on the side of the road? This could have been avoided. So sad.

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coolplate
Posted by coolplate
September 11, 2009, 10:48AM

The 72 yr old driver should have his eyes checked. Or learn how to drive and pull over when you see a vehicle on the side of the road.
Or at the very least try slowing down.

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kbhret
Posted by kbhret
September 11, 2009, 10:51AM

THIS IS WORTHY OF A GRADUATE LEVEL THESIS..

IS THERE SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL THING THAT INSTINCTIVELY MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO DRIVE THEIR CARS INTO PEOPLE WHO ARE PULLED OVER THE SIDES OF INTERSTATES??????

THIS IS INCREDIBLE.... HAPPENS EVERYTIME.

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east202
Posted by east202
September 11, 2009, 10:54AM

According to NewsNet5.com "Authorities said 41-year-old Junior Lane was struck after he stopped his pickup truck in the middle of the road on I-71 at Snow Road in Brook Park"
That is just a bad idea. Why would some one stop in the middle of the freeway? Even worse why would you get out of your vechile in the middle of the free way?
I am not sure which story is correct, either PD of NewsNet5. If its the latter than that was just plain stupid and the vitcmns fault. If PD is correct then the driver of the other car is at fault.

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theylie
Posted by theylie
September 11, 2009, 10:59AM

Actually, yes. There have been several studies. If I remember right, it has something to do with the way we respond to lights. A tired driver will tend to track toward the red tail lights of a car on the shoulder without realizing it.

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babygrl85
Posted by babygrl85
September 11, 2009, 11:26AM

I AM A CLOSE FRIEND OF JUNIOR AND THE NIECE AND COUSIN OF THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ACCIDENT... HE HAD A GOOD REASON TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE FOR THEIR SAFETY AND OTHERS ON THE FREEWAY... THE TRAILOR WAS NOT STRAPED TIGHTLY ENOUGH AND HE FELT THE URGENCY TO FIX IT... IF YOU PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING POLITE TO SAY THEN DONT SAY ANYTHING OUR FAMILY IS VERY HURT BY THIS TRAJEDY... HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE WHEN IT CAME TO ANY OF US KIDS OR OUR CHILDREN... UNFORTUNATLY WE HAD TO LOSE A MAN THAT WOULD GIVE HIS RIGHT ARM FOR SOMEBODY AND THE MAN DRIVING THE OTHER CAR SHOULD ROT IN JAIL...THIS SHOULD GIVE OLDER PEOPLE A LESSON... AND AUTHORITIES A LESSON ALSO... I THINK AFTER A CERTAIN AGE OLDER PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE THE DRIVERS TEST AGAIN AND SHE NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE ROAD AFTER A CERTAIN TIME... WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR EYES GET WORSE WITH AGE... AND IF HE WAS TIRED THEN HE REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON THE ROAD... PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS AND NEED TO THINK A LITTLE BETTER... IGNORANCE IS BLISS I GUESS... THIS IS ALL BULL.... IN REMEMBERANCE TO JUNIOR HE WAS A GREAT MAN LOVED ANY CHILD THAT CAME INTO HIS LIFE OR CROSSED HIS PATH... COULD MAKE YOU LAUGH WITH JUST HIS SMILE... WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALREADY AND THIS SHOULDNT HAVE HAPPENED TO YOU... YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN AND LOOK DOWN ON US WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER... KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE AND OUR FAMILY PROTECTED AS WELL... I KNOW YOUR ALWAYS HERE I CAN FEEL YOU OVER MY SHOULDER AS I SPEAK... GOODBYE FOR NOW

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pt816
Posted by pt816
September 11, 2009, 11:30AM

Sorry for your loss.

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mrpopularity
Posted by mrpopularity
September 11, 2009, 11:44AM

Did this guy really stop his pickup truck with a trailer "in the middle of the road" on I-71??

If I was riding with this guy, I would have gotten out of the truck also!

I certainly wouldn't have jumped in between the truck and the trailer to see if I could find the problem. It's obvious to me that the problem was right behind the steering wheel.

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boilingmad
Posted by boilingmad
September 11, 2009, 12:04PM

"TRAJEDY" - oh WAIT - you mean tragedy - ok I got it. If he felt an urgency to fix it - PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. Along with your suggestion that older drivers take a driver test again - how about some folks taking a commen sense test to see if they are capable of driving without putting other drivers at risk?????

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mjs1078
Posted by mjs1078
September 11, 2009, 12:22PM

This guy shot me in my back when i was 17, i guess karma really is a b...

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mjs1078
Posted by mjs1078
September 11, 2009, 12:25PM

this guy was no angel

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clevel107
Posted by clevel107
September 11, 2009, 12:27PM

What a trajedy.

By the way Plain Dealer,

"Lane was standing between the truck and trailer when the trailer from behind by the Mercedes Benz driven by a 72-year-old Rolf Barth of Columbus"

Seems like you are missing something in this sentence. "When the trailer from behind. Awesome. The Plain Dealer is the ..... newspaper.

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jobblybanned
Posted by jobblybanned
September 11, 2009, 12:32PM

hmmm, why didn't they pull over to the side of the road to fix the trailer?! Bunch of dopes.

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asilee
Posted by asilee
September 11, 2009, 12:37PM

babygrl85, how do sit there and tell us "if you don't have nothing nice to say anything at all" then turn around and wish the man would rot in hell, then continue to call people idiots?

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criket
Posted by criket
September 11, 2009, 12:40PM

ok, sorry for your loss,but i work on those highways and i always see broken down cars on side of road with people standing outside them.
common sense would tell me to stay in car, at least i have something around me that will absorb most of impact if hit. and NEVER stop your vehicle in middle of freeway. Again sorry for your loss.

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kosar2
Posted by kosar2
September 11, 2009, 12:42PM

I drove by the accident last night. There were two vehicles in the middle of the freeway - a mercedes and a pick-up truck. They were not on the shoulder.

This terrible tragedy could have likely been prevented if the driver of the truck pulled over to the shoulder. I understand the desire to secure the trailer, but that should have been done before they entered the freeway.

Stopping the vehicle in the middle of the road, and stepping out of it in the dark were incredibly bad decisions. Not only did they put themselves in danger, they put other drivers at risk. It's a sad story, but it looks like it's all their fault.

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firstcomm
Posted by firstcomm
September 11, 2009, 12:42PM

I had to read that three times to see if i was reading it correctly. I could not believe they were in the middle and did not pull over to the side.
Baby girl, sorry for your loss but i dont think all the blame can be put on the older person. Nobody expects someone to be stopped in the middle of the highway at night.

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nrwm
Posted by nrwm
September 11, 2009, 12:48PM

Lane and another passenger got out of the truck stopped in the center lane.

Kind of explains the accident, don't it. I bet the truck was one of those pieces of junk that you try to stay away from on the road. Very sad.

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amazon381
Posted by amazon381
September 11, 2009, 12:51PM

I send prayers to all involved.

babygrl85,
You should avoid these types of sites because people can and will say things to deepen your pain. Concentrate on healing. Im sorry for you loss.

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goccc
Posted by goccc
September 11, 2009, 12:57PM

Did he have his flashers on? Was the trailer's taillights working? The other driver may not have seen him and might not have had time to stop.

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