CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland released a statement Friday evening on the passing of Daniel Ripepi, who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign collapsed on his truck Thursday morning.
A statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams says Daniel Ripepi and his family have been “longstanding partners of the City of Cleveland, especially our safety force.”
The statement called A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes a well-respected business that has served residents in time of grief. Most recently, it accommodated Cleveland police in honoring its fallen detective, James Skernivitz, and donated money for Cleveland K9s to wear ballistic vests.
“Daniel C. Ripepi was instrumental in gifting our Cleveland Police canines with ballistic vest,” the statement says. “We offer our deepest sympathy to Daniel’s wife, Kristen, their children, the Ripepi family and all who knew and loved Daniel.”
Ripepi was born and raised in Cleveland and has been a life member of St. Rocco Parish, according to the funeral home.
Ripepi enjoyed golf and antique and new cars.
Ripepi died in the crash that happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of I-480 at the State Road exit in Cleveland, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
State Highway Patrol said a white 2015 Western Star dump truck with the bed raised hit the highway sign that extended over three lanes of traffic.
The sign collapsed and fell on Ripepi’s gray 2019 Ford F-150 in one of the highway’s middle lanes, State Highway Patrol said.
Troopers have yet to say if the dump truck driver suffered any injuries, if the driver stopped or if they face potential charges.
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