December 19, 2014

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Woman hurt in crash on 113

ELYRIA TWP. – The eastbound lanes of state Route 113 were closed about 6 p.m. Friday after a sport utility vehicle flipped near Clemens Avenue.

Connie Drochak, 29, of Elyria, tried to avoid hitting a deer and rolled her Ford Explorer twice, according to Trooper Jeff Kaess of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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A firefighter and a patrolman work to remove a wrecked SUV on state Route 113 on Friday night.

“She went for one wild ride,” Kaess said.

Drochak was taken by ambulance to EMH Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, Elyria Township fire Capt. Russ Scarborough said.

Kaess said Drochak`s only visible wound was a cut on her hand from when she crawled out of the wreckage across shattered glass. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and alcohol was not a factor, he said.

It is unlikely that Drochak will be charged, even though she technically failed to control her vehicle, Kaess said.

First Student bus driver Jim Casto was directly behind the SUV when it started swerving wildly.

He said he pumped furiously on the bus`s brakes to avoid ramming the rear of Drochak`s vehicle. There were no students in the bus at the time.

The eastbound lanes were closed for nearly an hour while Elyria Township firefighters cleaned up the glass. The shutdown led to traffic backup of about a half-mile.

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