Driver hurt in I-71 crash dies

Driver hurt in I-71 crash dies

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The driver critically injured in an alcohol-related crash that shut down northbound Interstate 71 in Warren County earlier this week has died.

Ismael Cabrera Lopez of Marrion, Ohio, was pronounced dead Wednesday at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.

Witnesses told authorities Lopez was driving his blue, 2006 Hyundai Elantra erratically about 10 p.m. between Fields Ertel and Western Row roads.

Then, he stopped abruptly in the right lane and turned left, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A northbound semi struck his Elantra, smashing it off the left side of the road and into a concrete median barrier.

The driver of the semi, Edward Arnold, 66, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was able to stop his vehicle on the right berm. Arnold and his passenger, his wife Esther Arnold, 62, were not hurt.

Everyone involved in the crash wore seatbelts.

The northbound lanes of the highway were completely shut down for nearly an hour. One lane opened at 10:57 p.m. All lanes reopened at 1:17 a.m.

The incident remains under investigation. Alcohol is a factor, patrol officials have said.

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