61-Year-Old Man Identified As Victim In Fatal I-670 Wrong-Way Crash


UPDATED: Tuesday June 25, 2013 12:13 AM

A man who was struck by a wrong-way driver was identified by authorities on Monday.  

According to Columbus investigators, 61-year-old Vincent Canzani died after his vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver at about 3 a.m. on Saturday.  

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He was just that kind of guy to step up and help where he could," Todd Gordish said of his friend.

Gordish said Canzani loved to take pictures and had just started working at one of his favorite stores, the Tinder Box at Easton.

The store is filled with photographs by Canzani.

"He was a real well-liked guy. A lot of folks in here have been really kind of just taken back by what happened and real shocked and we've done a few things for him already just in memory of him."

The Tinder Box put Canzani's picture up on its Facebook page as a tribute.

Gordish said he was supposed to go to a Clipper's game with Canzani the day he died.

"I was pretty shocked," Gordish said.

Police said the wrong-way driver who hit Canzani survived, but was injured.

A search warrant reveals medical staff described him as "very, very drunk."

"It was very unfortunate that he had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Gordish said.

Authorities said they're still trying to figure out how the driver who hit Canzani got onto the highway going the wrong direction.
Any charges would be filed after the investigation is finished, authorities said.

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