April 18, 2014

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Abbe Road crash victim remains in critical condition

SHEFFIELD — A 40-year-old Sheffield Lake woman involved in a head-on collision Wednesday night remained in critical condition Thursday, said a hospital spokeswoman.

According to police and witnesses, Alice Smith’s white Chevy Impala and a blue Ford Explorer driven by Ramon Davila Jr., 55, collided at about 5:30 p.m.

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Davila was traveling northbound and went left of center into the southbound lane, striking Smith’s vehicle near 1171 N. Abbe Road in Sheffield, police said.

Smith was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. It took firefighters about 53 minutes to remove her from the vehicle.

Michelle Martincic, Smith’s niece, said Smith’s legs were crushed in the accident. She said Smith would need multiple surgeries.

Smith is a retired social worker who moved to Sheffield Lake from Akron, Martincic said.

“We need prayers,” she said. “I mean, she may never walk again. We don’t know.”

Kim Christian, a longtime family friend, said Smith sustained three broken ribs on each side of her body and a laceration to her spleen.

Davila, also of Sheffield Lake, was listed in fair condition Thursday. He was taken to EMH Medical Center in Elyria then flown to MetroHealth.

Davila’s family could not be reached for comment.

Davila has been previously been found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.164, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Lorain Municipal Court records.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 days suspended on the condition of one year of good behavior. He also was fined $750 plus court costs.

He also had several traffic violations in his record, all minor misdemeanors, including speeding, a stop sign violation and a seat belt violation, according to Elyria and Lorain court records.

Smith’s two children, ages 1 and 4, were both sitting in car seats in the back of the Impala at the time of the accident. They were transported to St. John Medical Center, then flown to MetroHealth as well, according to police.

Martincic said Smith’s 4-year-old daughter had a broken arm and possibly a broken clavicle, as well as a laceration on her liver and bruises on her lung. Smith’s 1-year-old son had bumps and bruises, she said. Both children remained at the hospital, she said.

Christian described Smith as “quite a character, energetic and outgoing.”
“She loves her kids,” she said. “She’s all about her kids.”

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of that accident.

Men injured in other car crashes last week who were transported to MetroHealth remained in the same condition Thursday evening, the hospital spokeswoman said.

James Muth, 39, a Firelands High School teacher who was involved in a crash on Russia Road on Nov. 22, was in critical condition.

Donald Kneisel, 79, whose vehicle collided with Muth’s, was listed in good condition.

Joshua Beckley, 25, also was listed in good condition. Beckley was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Robert Allen Brown, also 25, that struck a tree on Colorado Avenue in Lorain on Nov. 24.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at 329-7123 or kfischer@chroniclet.com.