April 20, 2014

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Man faces felony charge after causing four-car crash

Gerhart

ELYRIA — A man is facing felony aggravated vehicular assault charges after he caused an accident with three other vehicles.

According to a traffic crash report, Christopher Gerhart, 21, of Grafton, was traveling southbound on state Route 57 in a Ford R-150 Sunday at 6:50 a.m. when he struck the rear of a Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Thomas Martin, 57, of Elyria.

The vehicle was stopped in the intersection of East Broad Street in the left-hand straight lane.

The force of the crash forced Martin into a Jeep Patriot, driven by Aaron Sherban, 41, also of Elyria. Sherban’s vehicle then rotated clockwise and was pushed into the right-hand straight lane, where it struck a motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, Jeremy Harsa, 31, of Lorain, said that he heard the screech of tires and was able to jump off the motorcycle prior to being hit. Harsa was still injured and transported to EMH Regional Medical Center by Lifecare. Harsa was not wearing a helmet.

Martin was also taken to EMH and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

According to the report, Gerhart failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest and charged with OVI.

Lt. Costantino said Gerhart had a BAC of .189, over the legal limit of .08. His face was also covered with marker, according to Costantino.

“He voluntarily stated that he had been at a party, and he had passed out and his friends had drawn all over him with markers,” he said.

Costantino said Gerhart would face felony vehicular assault charges because he has pending OVI charges.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.