Sheriff: Michigan man killed in Interstate 75 crash

Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-09 08:55:48-04

CINCINNATI -- A Michigan man is dead after he crashed into a boat trailer on northbound Interstate 75 at about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Jay J. Hegedus, 55, of Harrison Township, was stopped on the right shoulder of I-75 at the top of the E. Galbraith Road ramp in a 2005 International semi truck pulling a boat trailer, Hamilton County sheriff's officials said.

A 73-year-old man from Grand Ledge, Michigan, was driving his 2003 Oldsmobile Alero in the right lane when he struck Hegedus’ trailer, officials said.

The man was extricated from his vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation indicates the male suffered a medical emergency just prior to the collision, the sheriff’s office said. The driver's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Hegedus was not injured in the crash.

The Reading, Lockland and Evendale Fire Departments responded to the scene.

The northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for several hours Saturday afternoon. Interstate 75 reopened about 7 p.m. Saturday.

Speed, alcohol and drugs did not contribute to the crash, the sheriff’s office said, and both the victim and Hegedus were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit.

This is a developing story, and WCPO will update as more information becomes available.