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Seven-year-old boy dies after Route 8 crash

by ERIC MAROTTA | NEWS LEADER EDITOR Published: September 28, 2016 10:26 AM

Northfield Center — A 7-year-old Kent boy died Sept. 24 after the car he was a back-seat passenger in was involved in a four-car accident on Route 8.
Kahlil Pulliam was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. at Akron Children’s Hospital, according to Gary Gunther, chief investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a second 7-year-old boy in the car was in stable condition at press time. Neither were wearing a seatbelt.
Gunther said authorities believe the group had been on their way to Cleveland, and Kahlil’s mother has told authorities her son had been with a friend’s mother for the day.
Deputies say the crash around 12:50 p.m. involved four vehicles on the northbound ramp from Route 8 to Interstate 271 in Northfield Center.
The 2014 Honda Accord that Kahlil and the other boy were in was being driven by a 34-year-old woman who deputies say failed to keep assured clear distance and struck a 2014 Honda Odyssey driving by a 49-year-old woman.
Further information on the two women was not immediately available, though Macedonia Fire Lt. Rob Lewis said two adults were transported but did not have information on their conditions.
Information on the other two vehicles and individuals involved in the crash also was not available at press time.
Lewis called the accident “horrific” and said traffic had been backed up ahead of the crash scene due to construction on I-271.
Lewis said one Metro Life Flight helicopter landed at the scene and transported Kahlil to Akron Children’s Hospital. A rescue squad from the Valley Fire District transported the other 7-year-old to the Cleveland Clinic emergency room in Twinsburg, where a Metro Life Flight helicopter picked him up and took him to Akron Children’s Hospital as well.
The roadway was partially closed for approximately four hours.
The incident remained under investigation at press time. Deputies say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433
emarotta@recordpub.com


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