OLMSTED TWP. — A Thursday morning crash on the Ohio Turnpike killed an up-and-coming Australian band member and his photographer wife.
All four members of Electric Jellyfish and the band’s photographer, who was driving the vehicle, were heading east in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe at 5:28 a.m. when the driver swerved to the right side of the road to dodge a deer in Olmsted Township, just east of the Lorain County border.
The vehicle struck a guardrail, overturned and slid across the road before colliding with the concrete median separating the east and westbound lanes.
The victims were identified as Bridget C. O’Brien, 26, of Carmichael, Calif., who was driving, and her husband, band member Hayden Rodney Sweeney, 23, of Melbourne, Australia, according to Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Tony Myers.
The other three members of the band — Patrick Lias, Michael Beach and Adam Camilleri, all 24 — were transported by the North Ridgeville Fire Department to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Camilleri was listed in good condition Thursday night, while Beach and Camilleri both were treated and released. Highway Patrol Lt. John Maxey of the Milan post said Sweeney and O’Brien were both dead when rescue personnel arrived, and at least two of the other band members were conscious.
The group was traveling from a Wednesday night show in Detroit to Brooklyn, N.Y., where they were scheduled to play today.
Sweeney was seated behind O’Brien when the accident occurred, Maxey said. Everyone in the vehicle was wearing seatbelts, and there’s no indication that the driver was driving out of control, he said.
The single-vehicle crash backed up traffic for hours during the early morning commute. California authorities and the Australian Embassy are assisting the Highway Patrol with notifying the family members of those killed.
Maxey said toxicology results are pending, but there was nothing at the scene that suggested drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
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