Highway Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Munson
July 8, 2024 by Staff Report

A single vehicle crash the evening of July 6 on U.S. Route 322 in Munson Township resulted in the death of the 43-year-old driver from Kirtland Hills and serious injuries to the passenger.

A single vehicle crash the evening of July 6 on U.S. Route 322 in Munson Township resulted in the death of the 43-year-old driver from Kirtland Hills and serious injuries to the passenger.

At approximately 6:42 p.m., the Chardon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was notified of a crash near the intersection of Bass Lake Road that involved a blue 2023 Lamborghini Hurricane, driven by Christopher Rossi.

Rossi was traveling westbound on Route 322 at a high rate of speed, lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a mulch bed with large landscape rocks and went airborne into a building, the highway patrol reported in a press release.

“The driver was ejected. The vehicle and building erupted into flames,” the patrol said in the statement. “The passenger escaped from the vehicle and was taken to (University Hospitals) Geauga Medical Center, and later air lifted to UH Cleveland for serious injuries.  The driver succumbed to his injuries sustained from the crash on scene.”

Assistance on scene was provided by Munson Township, Chardon, Newbury, Concord, Middlefield, Montville, Russell Fire and EMS, and Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash or if either occupant was properly restrained with a seat belt, the patrol said.

The crash remains under investigation.