Man charged in fatal crash also accused of possessing heroin

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The Brunswick man charged in a fatal crash on Interstate 480 is also accused of possessing heroin, court records show.

Clark Justen, 48, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of heroin in the Saturday crash that killed Tanisha Matthews, according to Cleveland Municipal Court records.

Matthews, 27, of Maple Heights, died after a pickup struck her and a second woman just before 9:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes near State Road, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Cleveland EMS took Matthews and the 23-year-old woman to MetroHealth. The second woman was in fair condition Sunday morning, a nursing supervisor said.

The driver hit Matthews and the other woman while they were changing a tire. State Highway Patrol troopers arrested Justen near the Ridge Road exit, the Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol said drugs were believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash closed two westbound lanes between Ohio 176 and State Road.

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