Man convicted of causing fatal crash amid suicide attempt

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — A man has been convicted of aggravated murder for causing a fatal crash in suburban Cleveland while trying to kill himself. reports that 50-year-old Mark Rafter, of Brooklyn, was found guilty Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Rafter was driving nearly 100 mph down the wrong side of a highway in 2016 when he collided with a car driven by Kayla Coates. Coates, a 20-year-old college student, was killed instantly. Rafter was seriously injured.

The defense acknowledged that Rafter was trying to kill himself but argued that he had intended to drive into a barrier on Interstate 480 in Brooklyn. They say he caromed off of it and back into traffic.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.

Associated Press