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Elyria man found dead two days after car crash


An Elyria man was discovered dead Friday -- two days after a car he was in crashed on Interstate 77 in Tuscarawas County.

Brandyne Parks, 48, of 10th Street, Elyria, was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday. Another man in the car with him, Mykal Isom, 25, was in serious condition at Akron General Hospital.

Ohio State Patrol Lt. Mark Glennon said there are more questions than answers right now surrounding the crash.

An initial investigation determined that Isom and Parks were in a Chrysler Sebring going south on Route 77 on Wednesday when they lost control of the car, went off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. The car rolled several times, went through a fence, continued down the embankment and came to rest against a tree.

Glennon said troopers have not been able to determine who was driving the car.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday but no one reported it, Glennon said.

He said that area of the interstate is secluded and the car could not be seen from the road so unless someone else happened to be driving close to the Chrysler, it’s likely there we no witnesses.

“The interstate is kind of separated where the northbound traffic can’t see the southbound traffic … and traffic is kind of light in that area in the evening,” Glennon said.

On Friday, a man who lives close to the area called police after he heard someone “screaming and hollering for help,” Glennon said.

“He jumped on his tractor and went to the area of where he heard the screaming … and found the gentleman that was alive,” Glennon said.

Glennon said Isom was found close to the car while Parks was farther away, and troopers believe Parks was thrown during the crash.

“Right now there are more unknowns than there are knowns about this crash and we’re still trying to compile all the facts,” Glennon said. “We’re still trying to talk with the survivor.”

Glennon said Isom sustained injuries to his legs and arms and underwent surgery. Troopers are waiting on the coroner’s report to determine the cause of death for Parks.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.

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