November 25, 2014

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Man involved in fatal crash to remain in prison for 240 days

Gerald Wetherbee Jr. will remain in prison for the next 240 days after admitting to parole violations stemming from a June car crash that killed two people and left another two fighting for their lives.

Wetherbee

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Wetherbee, 35, waived a hearing this morning, effectively agreeing that he had violated the conditions of his parole, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

She declined to say exactly what parole violations Wetherbee was determined to have committed.

Wetherbee still has not been charged in connection with the crash that claimed the lives of Tammy Tomasheski and her 11-year-old son, Tommy Tomasheski. Tom Tomasheski, a corporal at the Lorain County Jail, and his daughter, Danielle Tomasheski, remain hospitalized, although their conditions have seen some improvement in last week.

The Ohio Highway Patrol has said Wetherbee had a 0.209 blood alcohol level when the Kia Optima he was driving slammed into the Tomasheski’s Honda Civic on state Route 83 in Grafton. Wetherbee’s driver’s license was also suspended at the time of the crash.

Wetherbee was hospitalized as well following the crash, but was released about a week later. He was picked up on the parole violation a few days after being released.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.