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Driver sentenced to 60 days in jail in crash that killed 1-year-old boy in stroller

By Adam Ferrise • Jun 25, 2019 at 5:24 PM

CLEVELAND — A man was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail for crashing his AT&T truck into a 1-year-old boy in a stroller, killing him.

Daniel Fortney, 45, of Chesterland, pleaded guilty to a third-degree misdemeanor charge of driving in willful disregard of public safety, a charge reduced from vehicular homicide.

The Sept. 25, 2017 crash killed Tyronn Berge. His 22-year-old mother, who was standing behind the stroller waiting to cross the street, was injured.

The crash happened about noon the in the apron of an apartment building's driveway in the 1900 block of Green Road in the city's Euclid-Green neighborhood.

Fortney drove the AT&T truck north on Green Road when he lost control of the truck. The truck veered off the right side of the road and struck the woman and Tyronn, police reports say.

A witness told police the truck was speeding but Fortney said he was driving no faster than the 35 mph speed limit, police reports say. Fortney then drove across the street after the impact and crashed off the left side of the road, according to police reports.

Tyronn was pronounced dead at the scene. His mother suffered a broken arm, and injuries to her face and right leg, police reports say. She was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

Officers noted in their report that Fortney was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.


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