Monument crashes in accident
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A 124-year-old memorial monument at the intersection of Ocoee, Broad and Eighth Streets came tumbling down Friday afternoon.

Cleveland Police Department information officer Evie West said the damage was caused by a car crash.

Preliminary police reports reveal the crash involved four people, two in a Chevy Cobalt and two in a Hyundai Sonata around 4 p.m. Friday.

“The Chevy Cobalt was headed north on North Ocoee. The Hyundai Sonata was headed westbound on Eighth Street,” West said. “The Sonata continued west on Eighth Street, crossing North Ocoee, and when [the driver] came out from Eighth Street, the Chevy hit her.”

The force of the collision caused the Chevy to turn and hit the monument. The monument then reportedly fell on top of the Chevy upon impact. The female passenger was transported by ambulance to SkyRidge Medical Center.

St. Luke’s Guild originally raised the money needed to construct the memorial monument through a concert, literary program and an open house. The monument was constructed in 1890. It was created in honor of JNO (John) M. Hardwick, born 1856; Will G. Steed, born July 1857; and Will F. Marshall, born September 1867.

The three Cleveland natives died in a weather-related train accident in Thaxton, Va., on July 2, 1889.