Victim in fatal I-71 NB crash identified

CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has now identified the driver who died in the Interstate 71 northbound crash Thursday afternoon.

The Medical Examiner says she is Monique Jefferson, 31.

Police say that Jefferson was driving a 2003 Buick Rendezvous Sport Utility Vehicle northbound on Interstate 71 at the West 143rd Street overpass. Police say she collided with a 2010 Honda Odyssey Mini Van that was being driven northbound on Interstate 71 in lane 04 (right) by a woman, 54, who was braking due to a prior accident on the road.

Jefferson's Buick then goes out of control in a northerly direction, overturning and ejecting her onto the road, according to police.

The Buick returned to an upright position and heads driverless across the four lanes of Interstate 71 northbound and strikes the center concrete median wall.


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