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Woman killed after SUV catches fire in Danbury Twp.

By Kaylee Remington • Updated May 27, 2018 at 6:56 PM

(UPDATED at 6:55 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018) Dennis John Svihlik, 71, of Garfield Heights, died at 2:47 a.m. today at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as a result from injuries sustained in the crash, troopers said.

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DANBURY TOWNSHIP — A Garfield Heights woman was killed after her SUV caught fire Friday afternoon, authorities say.

Jo Ann Svihlik, 65, was killed in the incident that happened about 4:15 p.m. on Ohio 2 just west of the Ohio 269 Lakeside-Marblehead exit, according to a news release from the State Highway Patrol.

Svihlik's 71-year-old husband suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Svihlik was driving west on Ohio 2 when the 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer began to smoke and caught fire, the release says.

Seconds later, the SUV became engulfed in flames.

Svihlik's husband got out of the SUV while it was still moving and fell onto the road, the release says.

Svihlik could not get out and was pronounced dead at the scene, the release says. Her husband was taken to MetroHeath. His current condition was not immediately available.

State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Port Clinton Fire Department, Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Danbury Township Fire Department, Danbury Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, North Central EMS, ProMedica, Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office, Ottawa County Coroner, Robinson-Walker Funeral Home, Don's Automotive/Towing, Highway Patrol's crash reconstruction unit and Highway Patrol's aviation unit.

The incident is under investigation.


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