Two people were killed in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday September 12 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio when an out of control pickup truck hit a van transporting 5 senior citizens from their apartment building to the local shopping center to buy groceries. Authorities said two bus passengers Dolores Johnson, 70, and Tsilya Shvartsman, 73 died at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Three other passengers were injured in the accident.
The minibus was going south near Nela View Road when a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Eddie Thornton, 63, of Cleveland Heights, crossed the center line and collided head on with the bigger vehicle, police said. The estimated speed of the pick up truck was not immediately made available however the speed limit was 35 mph in that stretch of the roadway. No determinations were made by the police as to the cause of the pickup drivers reckless operation and the driver of the pickup remains in critical condition. Police have not ruled out a medical condition as a cause of the accident.