UPDATE: Solon Police Identify Man Killed in U.S. 422 Crash

The cause of the accident is still not known, and police are looking for information they can use to piece together what happened.


Solon Police have identified the man killed Thursday when his cement truck flipped over while driving west on U.S. 422.

Police say that Sandor R. Szachury, 43, of Streetsboro, died at the scene shortly after the crash. 

The cause of the accident is still not known, and police are looking for information they can use to piece together what happened.


If you witnessed the fatal crash that killed a cement truck driver on U.S. 422 Thursday afternoon, the Solon Police want to speak to you.

Witnesses should call the police at 440-248-1234.

The identity of the driver killed in the crash has not been released yet by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, but police officials expect confirmation later this morning.

Police say the cement truck, which lost control and flipped multiple times at about 3 p.m. Thursday driving west on U.S. 422, was a 1998 Ford owned by Associated Associates Ready Mix Concrete of Mantua.

The truck was partially loaded with concrete at the time of the accident and was heavily damaged, police say.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Stay tuned to Solon Patch for more information about this story as it becomes available.

Vicki Rzepka July 10, 2011 at 04:52 AM
This man was my brother. He was a hard working, decent man just out supporting his wife and three children. The family is begging anyone who witnessed this accident or drove through shortly before to PLEASE contact us. We have a couple of questions that may help us find the reason for this crash. My brother was an extremely cautious driver. I may be contacted at vrzepka@hotmail.com. Thank you.
Robin Humphrey July 11, 2011 at 01:12 AM
solon update is wrong he was driving eastbound the marks are still in the road. they patched the hole less then 24 hrs later, they know what happened
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) July 11, 2011 at 02:37 PM
I'm very sorry about your loss, Vicki. Thanks for sharing
Vicki Rzepka July 11, 2011 at 05:35 PM
We the family are now seeking any individuals who drove down 422 EASTBOUND shortly before this accident- around 2:50pm. You may have even passed my brother as he was driving- he was a pretty slow driver. We need individuals who may have noticed a vehicle carrying materials who would have been in front of my brothers truck. It's imperative we have people come forward- even with the smallest details. If you drove down 422 during this time, PLEASE contact me directly through Facebook or vrzepka@hotmail.com. A good man who was just out supporting his wife and three kids was killed. From the reports I have gotten from witnesses behind his truck..this was not his error. PLEASE help this family.
Mike DeSimone July 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Hello Vicki, Let me first tell you how sorry we are for your loss. We have been going over this for the past days trying to figure out what exactly happened. We were traveling east to Niagara Falls and decided to get off of the main highway and stop for gas and coffee and missed my exit on 422 and had to go to the next and turn around. It was then that we saw a very large could of dust form in front of us and we thought at first it was just a tractor trailer whose tires had hit the dirt, we quickly learned how wrong we were. We pulled over and I ran across the highway to the truck. I first attempted to pull the bent roof off of him, but it was just too hard and with no leverage it was impossible. I called for the driver, but he only made small sounds. I made my way to the back of the truck cab and was able to see him. He was not generally concious, but was fighting. I cupped my hands under his head for support and used some papertowels and a towel to control the bleeding. I stayed with him until the paramedics came and asked me to step back. I can't tell you how disappointed i was in how long it took them to get involved, I'm not sure if it would have made a difference in the end and I'm not sure if I was just impatient. I can't tell you how sorry we were to find out that he did not survive. My family said a prayer for him. Although we do not know eachother and may never meet, our families will forever be connected. Our deepest sympathy, the DeSimone Family.
Vicki Rzepka July 14, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Thank you again DeSimone Family and God Bless you for being there for my brother. We, his family are so grateful to the caring individuals who stopped and tried to save him. Although our pain is deep, we know he is in Gods arms. We can only pray now that justice be done.
Vicki Rzepka July 14, 2011 at 05:15 AM
There is a Memorial Gathering planned for this Sunday July 17th at the Aurora VFW Post 2629 1033 N. Aurora Rd (Rt 43) 44202 . 12:noon -6:pm . This is a casual event. We are gathering to celebrate the life of a good and decent hard working man. The public is welcome to attend. After the memorial, we plan on placing a wreath at the spot where Rick (Sandor) left this earthly existence. Thanks again to all of the thoughtful people who have offered their sympathy. You have touched our hearts.
mary July 16, 2011 at 06:00 AM
Vicki- although we have never met- i was on my way back from picking up my kids from a visitaion with there bio dad in columbus - my now current husband called and told us to take an alternate route b/c of a big accident on 422- so living in solon we got off at beford exit- my youngest dauther said right then and there-"Mom, we have to say a prayer for this family b/c that is what we do when we know someone is hurt" and we did- we said a Hail Mary and an Our Father and a Glorly Be- tonite i saw this post and had to respond- our condlences for you and his family- we will be there on Sunday- ...God Bless, -erin
Vicki Rzepka July 16, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Thank You Erin. Prayers are always what is needed and I know that all of the people who didn't know my brother and were praying for him helped usher him to heaven. God Bless You Too..


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