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Lakewood Man Dies After 'Dancin' in the Street' Crash

Police say that another Lakewood man was behind the wheel of a crash that killed one and injured four others, just over the Lakewood border, in Cleveland.

A Lakewood was killed July 29 after a car crashed through the “Dancin’ in the Street” fair in Cleveland, at the Lakewood border.

Mitch Andelmo, an Avon Lake native, died last night, according to MetroHealth Medical Center. His cause of death was not released.

Andelmo was at the event, one of Cleveland's largest LGBT fundraisers run by the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, on Sunday night. NewsNet5.com said a man with three prior drunk driving convictions drove through a street barricade and into the crowd on Clifton Boulevard at approximately 7 p.m. between West 116th and West 117th avenues.

Andelmo was reportedly with his girlfriend, Constance Pokorny, who was also struck and injured along with three others.

The Plain Dealer reported that the man behind the wheel was Timothy Spock, of Lakewood, however no official charges were filed as of Sunday night. Police arrested the driver who they said has three prior DUIs. Lakewood Police assisted with the accident.

Andelmo was remembered by former Avon Lake High School Counselor Eileen Wozniak as being a “really nice kid.”

“He was a very bright, brilliant kid,” Wozniak said. “A really nice kid.”

His father Henry Andelmo, owner of , still resides in Avon Lake. 

He posted a tribute to his son on Facebook after midnight.

“A very tragic day,” the post said. “My son Mitch was killed today by a drunk driver. The driver plowed into a crowd of people in Cleveland at a festival on Clifton at W117. I will miss you Mitch. I loved you. you were my best friend and the greatest son a man could ever want and have. May you live forever in peoples hearts!”

Andelmo was living in Lakewood at the time of his death. He graduated from Concordia University and according to his Facebook page, worked at PC Helps Support LLC.

Hol July 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Can someone please explain to me how a person with 3 prior DUI's is allowed to be driving? That just doesn't make sense.
Katie July 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Whose car was he driving? That car doesn't have yellow plates.
Monica July 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
So sad. So senseless. I cannot even imagine the grief in the hearts of those who so suddenly lost their loved ones, nor the guilt of the drunk driver in his permanent act of stupidity and selfishness. May God bless everyone involved.
Amie July 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I want to know more about this jerk who drove his car into a crowd of people. I just question if this was random -OR NOT? Was he just a pissy little jerk who decided to plow into an LGBT function? The people who allowed him to drive after 3 priors are also at fault.
rj July 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The driver is http://m.facebook.com/messages/read?action=read&tid=id.322062361214533&__user=100002005133964
vsss July 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Youre rediculous. This guy was an irresponsible driver who chose to operate a vehicle while impaired- for the 4th time. These arent the only charges this little delinquent ha either.
angelo July 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Though he committed a monstrous act I've known the accused and he is actually an acquaintence of the man he killed. Don't be surprised if it comes out that he was not drunk this time. Why he is even allowed to drive is beyond me but I know he is a workaholic who works a crazy amount of hours each week. He may actually have fallen asleep at the wheel. That doesn't make it OK or lessen the tragic consequences for these families but Tim in no way was anti gay. He in my experience has been a kind and giving person though far from a saint.
SHAWN WITMER July 31, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Angelo, I appreciated your providing the human side of this tragedy, vs. the tendency on all of our parts to dehumanize those who make mistakes. Maybe it makes us feel morally superior to others??? At any rate, I appreciated your p.o.v.
noname July 31, 2012 at 07:46 PM
In the video of this morning's court hearing, he seems not phased nor does he show any signs of remorse. Especially for "knowing" who he murdered. Mitch was one of the best guys in Cleveland. His warmth was contagious. His friends and family are in shambles dealing with the loss, but his killer-- the man who murdered him, just crossed his arms and showed no signs of regret as his previous charges and current crime were read aloud to him. Tim Spock pleading not guilty to the crime he committed is a slap in the face to victims' family and friends. One can never learn from their mistakes if they do not take ownership for them. Maybe that is why he is on his 4th DUI. That irresponsible, selfish man deserves no sympathy.
Steve July 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM
And WE the city of Lakewood are so concerned about a certain breed of DOG, that they refuse to see all the other crimes like this one. Was it not last year that a child was killed on detroit when a car slammed into a pole or tree? You feel safer now??? Lakewood bars=drunk drivers x however many bars are in Lakewood. Ever see that person coming at you in your lane, all the while talking on the cell-phone after leaving the bar. Scary, isn't it?
angelo August 01, 2012 at 04:47 PM
So if he wasn't in a bar and he slams into you because he's on his cell phone it's OK?Someone like Tim i.e. an alcoholic is going to drive where ever he must to obtain alcohol. He'll drive to Cleveland or another suburb, he'll drive to a grocery or convenience store. He'll drink at home and then drive to get more and at home no one will cut him off when he's had enough. If there were no bars in Lakewood our alcoholic residents like Tim would drive farther to get his fix. How many of the sanctimonious people who are demonizing Tim have driven when they shouldn't have? Tim did a monstrously irresponsible and criminal act that resulted in the deaths of innocent people. My point was that there were other aspects to Tim and though his act deserves no sympathy he shouldn't be completely defined by it. Making Tim Satan does not serve the memory of Mitch.
Steve August 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
@Angelo- All this time I thought Lakewood was a walking city. He could have walked to get his fix, but no, he drove. Where were his friends/relatives to help him? And your right, the memory of Mitch and the second person that died will only leave behind a careing family, while he is still in denial. Maybe devine intervention would have worked better than the courts, according to you. How many times arrested are enough, for You and US, the innocents.
Lee August 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I was there 10' away from the accident when it happened. It was very tragic for all involved. I want to know how Timothy did not see the road blocks nor show remorse at the scene. My girlfriend cared for Mitch and Constance as we waited for the ambulance and their suffering has been difficult to erase from my mind this week. Mitch especially suffered so much. So tragic. His life didn't have to end if the law had done their job and removed his license!!!!!!

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