November 29, 2014

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Man killed in Elyria crash

ELYRIA — An 18-year-old Elyria man was killed early Saturday morning and two of his friends hospitalized after a car crash within yards of his home.

Andrew “A.J.” Vincent, a 2010 Elyria High School graduate, was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital after being trapped in his mother’s vehicle for more than an hour following the 1:30 a.m. crash, Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus said.

The Ford Focus Vincent was driving was struck by a Chevy Malibu driven by 21-year-old Mark Ralich of Elyria, according to Elyria police. Ralich was listed in fair condition Saturday at MetroHealth.

Vincent’s passengers Mitchell Johnson, of Elyria, and Patrick Desouza, 19, of Sheffield, are being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Johnson was listed in critical condition Saturday and Desouza was listed as serious, according to a nursing supervisor.

A fourth passenger, Cody Toboz, of Grafton, ran from the scene to Vincent’s house to get help. Vincent’s mother, Jean Vincent, and her daughter were at the scene throughout the extrication, said family friend Tracee Barbee.

Public records show an arrest warrant was issued Nov. 4 for Ralich’s arrest for failing to follow conditions set as part of a suspended jail sentence for an August 2009 charge of offenses involving underage persons.

A fundraiser for Vincent’s family has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1140 West River Road N. Donations can also be made to the A.J. Vincent Memorial Fund through FirstMerit bank branches.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.

For more, see tomorrow’s Chronicle-Telegram.