October 26, 2014

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Car occupants injured in drunken driving crash, police say

LORAIN — A Lorain woman who police believed was intoxicated was flown to the hospital early Wednesday and a passenger was hospitalized after a crash off Pearl Avenue.

While patrolling the area of East 41st Street and Pearl Avenue around 1 a.m. Wednesday, an officer heard a loud horn going off and saw a 2005 Cadillac that had crashed in a wooded area near Pearl Avenue.

The officer approached the vehicle and saw a passenger, Aaron Cristarella, 30, passed out in the vehicle, with a swollen mouth and bleeding from his leg. The driver, Jamie Royster, 25, had her legs pinned by the steering wheel and was passed out, bleeding from her head.

LifeCare was dispatched and both Royster and Cristarella regained consciousness. Police said both appeared to be confused and did not remember the accident.

Cristarella began shouting that the accident was a bad dream and tried to get out of the vehicle, according to a police report. Police said Royster began shouting, asking who was driving.

The Fire Department freed Royster, and police said she had had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech when speaking to paramedics. She was asked to perform a blood-alcohol test but refused.

Cristarella was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, and Royster was taken to Mercy but later flown to another hospital.

Police cited Royster for driving under suspension and operating a vehicle while under the influence. Police said Royster had a warrant for her arrest for contempt of court but noted in the police report that she would be arrested after being treated for the accident.