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48-year-old woman and 44-year-old man killed in separate fatal crashes in Akron

A 44-year-old man was killed following a crash on Seiberling Street and a 48-year-old woman died following a crash on Vernon Odom Blvd.
Credit: Akron Police Department/Raymond's Emergency Vehicle Photography

AKRON, Ohio — Akron police are investigating after a man and a woman were killed in two separate single-vehicle fatal crashes on Thursday. 

Below are the details from each crash: 

Seiberling Street: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:28 p.m. 

Preliminary investigation reveals that a Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Seiberling Street, and entered the roundabout at a high speed, resulting in the driver failing to navigate the curb. The Jeep struck two curbs and went off the road, striking a tree. 

The 44-year-old driver, identified as Robert Rodgers, was transported to Summa Health Akron City Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. 

Akron police are working to see if alcohol may have played a role in the crash. 

Vernon Odom Boulevard: Thursday, Sept. 14, 10:18 p.m. 

Akron police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Thursday evening after a Pontiac G5 went off the roadway after attempting to drive on a curve at a high speed. After going off the roadway, the driver corrected and re-entered the road before losing control again and sliding sideways. The vehicle struck a tree on the vehicle's passenger side and then slid again, resulting in the car hitting a second tree head-on. 

When officers arrived, a 48-year-old woman, identified as Tamika Lee, in the passenger seat was found dead. The driver, whose condition was not listed, was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center. 

Police believe that speed and alcohol are considered contributing factors in the crash. Additionally, neither the driver nor passenger was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. 

Akron police say that the crash remains under investigation and that charges are pending based on the outcome of the investigation. 

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