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Published: Monday, 8/29/2011

Toledo teenager dies in late-night crash


A Toledo teenager was killed late Saturday in a traffic crash near Highland Park, just blocks from his home.

Toledo police said Deshyren Koonce, 17, 612 Nicholas St., was a rear passenger in a car driven by 24-year-old Darron Parker at 11:30 p.m. Mr. Parker’s vehicle was hit from behind by a car driven by Arthur Hayes, 18, 1486 Gould St., at the intersection of South and Geneva avenues. The collision sent Mr. Parker’s vehicle veering into a steel light pole.

According to Toledo police, both cars were eastbound on South Avenue, with Mr. Hayes closely following Mr. Parker’s vehicle. When they reached the intersection with Geneva Avenue, Mr. Parker slowed but Mr. Hayes was unable to brake. He attempted to swerve and miss the vehicle, but hit the rear bumper, sending the car sliding into the pole. A media release said the other two men were not injured.

No charges have been filed.

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