August 1, 2014

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Man outside vehicle crushed to death in 3-car crash

CARLISLE TWP. — An 84-year-old man was killed Wednesday after he was crushed between two cars on state Route 57.

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JASON MILLER / CHRONICLE
A chain-reaction accident killed one man and injured as many as four others Wednesday on state Route 57 south of Grafton Road.

Robert Fike of Leipsic, Ohio, died at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after the three-vehicle crash, which occurred at 7:43 p.m. in front of the Wukie Interiors store.

Carlisle Township fire Lt. Robert Hanmer said Fike’s legs were both broken and he had heavy injuries to the rest of his midsection. The plan had been to fly him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland from the Elyria hospital.

Troopers say Fike was a passenger in a Mercury Marquis driven by Nell Fike, 58, of Elyria. The car was stopped to turn left on state Route 57 when it was struck from behind by a Dodge Caravan driven by Mary Ansel, 55, of Columbia Township, troopers said.

Occupants of both vehicles were outside the cars when a Ford Focus driven by Wiley Martin, 58, of Grafton, struck the rear of the Caravan.

Fike was pinned between the Caravan and the Marquis, troopers said.

Martin had been heading south on Route 57, troopers said. Alcohol is not suspected to have played a role in the crash, although the accident remains under investigation.

Hanmer said four others were injured and taken to the hospital, although the details of who was injured and the extent of their injuries were not available late Wednesday.

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.