August 21, 2014

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Two suffer minor injuries in I-90 crash

SHEFFIELD — A 96-year-old woman was hospitalized about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with minor injuries after her husband tried to turn across two lanes on Interstate 90, police reported.

Steve Pado, 84, of Elyria, missed his exit at state Route 254 and tried to cross from the highway’s right shoulder to an emergency turn-around, said Sheffield police Capt. Larry Bliss.

Pado’s 1986 Buick Park Avenue was straddling both lanes when he was broadsided by a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Stephen Minder, 45, of Bristol, Ind., Bliss said.

Pado’s wife, Delba Pado, was treated and released from EMH Regional Medical Center. Minder was taken to EMH Regional Medical Center’s Avon Emergency Care Center and was treated and released as well, Bliss said.

Minder hit his brakes when he saw Pado’s car crossing the roadway, and had slowed to about 30 mph at the time of the crash, Bliss said. Tire tracks showed he slid “a couple hundred feet” before the collision, Bliss said.

The impact pushed Pado’s car into the median. Police were able to keep one lane of traffic open, but cars were backed up for at least a half-mile in both directions for about 45 minutes, Bliss said.

Charges for driving in continuous lanes are pending against Pado, he said.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.