Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the second auto fatality in Vermilion in the past month, according to police and the Lorain County coroner.
Samuel H. Markman, 60, 13901 Garfield Road, Wakeman, was driving his 1999 Buick LeSabre east on Liberty Avenue near Overlook Drive just before 2 a.m. when he apparently lost control. His car went off the right side of the road, smashing into three utility poles, Vermilion police Det. Steve Davis said.
Markman was pronounced dead at the scene.
"He died instantly of severe head injuries," said Dr. Paul Matus, the Lorain County coroner.
"There is a possibility that drugs and alcohol were involved as well as speed," said Matus, who sent out a sample of Markman's blood for testing.
Markman was traveling by himself at the time of accident, Davis said.
Police do not know where Markman was coming from at the time of the accident, but think he might have been going to visit friends in Elyria, Davis said.
Police detoured traffic off of Liberty Avenue until the accident scene was cleared, Davis said.
About 1,800 FirstEnergy customers were without power for about 80 minutes, FirstEnergy spokesman Gary Mortus said. One Vermilion resident's power was not restored until 2:15 p.m.
The accident is the second fatality on Liberty Avenue this month.
Carolyn E. Parker, 40, of Vermilion was killed March 12 after the minivan she was traveling in was hit by sedan driven by a Lorain woman near Liberty and Ferndale avenues, according to reports.
"There is no rhyme or reason," Davis said when asked why two fatal accidents would occur on the same stretch of road in such a short time.
There have been five fatal auto accidents in the past year near where Markman died.