Westlake Police report that at 6:04 a.m. this date (Oct. 22), a passing motorist reported that a car had hit a tree on Center Ridge Rd. just east of Walter Rd. Westlake Police and Fire Depts. responded and found 46-year-old James HUTTON in the vehicle. He died en route to Fairview Hospital.
Center Ridge Rd. was closed in the crash area until 8:40 a.m.while the on-scene investigation was conducted.
PRELIMINARY investigation shows no indication of drug or alcohol use. HUTTON was a Plain Dealer delivery man and may have fallen asleep or suffered a medical emergency while on his route. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will rule on the manner and cause of death.