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TPD: Man killed, 3 others injured in possible 'road rage incident'

Police say a man is dead after the car he was a passenger in swerved to avoid a truck that stopped suddenly as a result of someone slamming on their brakes.
Credit: WTOL

TOLEDO, Ohio — A 30-year-old man is dead and three others were injured after an accident in west Toledo on Saturday afternoon, possible as a result of road rage.

Police say 38-year-old Edward Bird was driving east on Alexis Road near Yermo Drive, around 3:41 p.m. when a pickup truck slammed on its brakes in front of Bird’s car.

When Bird swerved to avoid an accident his car slid left of center and he lost control.

That’s when Bird was hit on the passenger side door by a car being driven by 61-year-old John Pietrowski, who was heading west on Alexis Road. Bird’s vehicle then hit a car being driven by 63-year-old Steve Adelsperger, who was stopped on Yermo Drive.

30-year-old Andrew Nale, who was a passenger in Bird’s car, was taken to the hospital and died as a result of the accident.

Another passenger of Bird’s, a 12-year-old, was taken to the hospital, as was Bird and Pietrowski.

Neither Bird nor his passengers were wearing their seat belts, according to a police report.

25-year-old Austin Cavazos called Toledo police after the incident to identify himself as the driver of the pickup truck that Bird swerved to avoid.

Police say the accident may have been a road rage incident.

The investigation is continuing.