Charges have been filed in connection to the deadly, fiery crash along Route 8 North in Akron back on the morning of August 25th.
That morning of the 25th, just after 7:30 a.m. during rush hour traffic, a truck tire blew out along the northbound lanes of Route 8 just south of Cuyahoga Falls Avenue, leaving debris spread across all lanes of Route 8. In an effort to avoid the debris, 20-year-old Christopher Lonkart of Akron swerved across two lanes while hitting his brake. That's when he slammed into 18-year-old Jared Marcum's vehicle, forcing Marcum into a tanker truck.
After colliding with the tanker truck, Marcum's vehicle was dragged for a short distance, causing friction and sparks, eventually leading to a fire and explosion. Marcum was trapped in his car under the tanker truck and died in the incident.
On Wednesday, September 16th, charges of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter, Failure to Control, and Assured Clear Distance were filed against Lonkart.
See more details from Akron Police below: