CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 62-year-old man who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign fell on his pick-up truck was Daniel Ripepi, vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes, his family confirmed.
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, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
State Highway Patrol said a white 2015 Western Star dump truck with the bed raised struck 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 did not say if the dump truck driver suffered any injuries, if the driver stopped or if they face potential charges.
The crash is still under investigation.
A family member who answered the phone at the funeral home Friday morning declined to comment as he held back tears, still in shock.
Ripepi lived in Independence with his wife Kristen and has three children, Julia, Marisa and Nick.
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