April 18, 2014

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Update: Police say two critically injured in crash with stolen SUV

A shoe remains at the scene of an accident on Sugar Ridge Road in Elyria. Skid marks, small pieces of debris and small things from the vehicle stretch more than 300 feet from the beginning of the scene to where a male in the vehicle landed after being ejected from the vehicle. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A shoe remains at the scene of an accident on Sugar Ridge Road in Elyria. Skid marks, small pieces of debris and small things from the vehicle stretch more than 300 feet from the beginning of the scene to where a male in the vehicle landed after being ejected from the vehicle. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Police said an alleged car thief and a passenger were critically injured Sunday night after they overturned a sport-utility vehicle taken from a Speedway in Elyria.

The incident started about 9 p.m. Sunday when a man called police to report that a man and woman jumped into his SUV at the Speedway on East Broad Street and took off. He jumped in another car and was trying to trail behind his vehicle, he told police and a 911 operator.

North Ridgeville police Capt. Marti Garrow said the woman was driving the SUV, and they crossed state Route 57 and headed east on Sugar Ridge Road in North Ridgeville, rolling over a guardrail at 39189 Sugar Ridge Road. Both were thrown from the vehicle and found unconscious, North Ridgeville fire Capt. Mike Uhnak said.

They were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where they were listed in critical condition Monday, Garrow said.

The crash occurred roughly a mile from the Speedway. Garrow said he doesn’t think the vehicle’s owner was chasing after his car.

“I don’t think they were close,” Garrow said.

Police and 911 dispatchers fielded several calls about the incident Sunday night, first from the man whose vehicle was taken and later from people reporting the crash.

No names have been released as police are trying to discern the woman’s identity. Garrow said officers are fairly certain they know who the male in the vehicle is.

“We’re trying to contact the (man’s) family to confirm (his identity),” said Garrow, adding that both North Ridgeville police and Elyria police are launching investigations into the crash and the theft, respectively.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Seat belts?

  • Amy Legg

    Is this the SUV that was stolen from Speedway? TMC reported about a stolen SUV that ended up crashing in North Ridgeville.

    • jess

      Yep. But the chronicle fails to mention that part. They already deleted one of my comments about it. They make it seem like it was there vehicle they crashed.

      • Rebecca Montgomery-Deaton

        Did you read the story? The second paragraph clearly states that the car was stolen from Speedway.

        • jess

          This was written yesterday before the second or the third story was released. Thank you very much.

  • rlm_Lorain

    I wasn’t aware that the police were bound by HIPAA laws with regards to criminal activity. I don’t care about their medical conditions, but I would like to know who had the cajones to steal that SUV.

  • kim

    That was my daughter and son inlaws only car. They have a 4 year old and another on the way. I dont wish any harm on anyone. The people who made the decision to steal a car effected many peoples lives not just their own. Decisions determine destinations.

  • Don Grantzki

    I wonder if some liberal idiot will offer to sue the owners of the stolen vehicle for allowing the thieves to steal an unsafe ride.

    • Bob Sweatt

      LOL. As crazy as that sounds. You know it will happen. Or the families will sue the Cities of NR and Elyria for not catching these idiots quicker.

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      Trying to drag politics into a stolen vehicle crash. I sense desperation.

    • oldgeologist

      If they left the keys in their car then they were asking for trouble.
      A ten years ago a lady left her keys in her car and the car running at Mr. Goodcents, a place like Subway, in Kansas City, Missouri. She also had her infant in the car. She ran toward the entrance near the spot where she parked. Before she got to the door of the restaurant, a guy jumped in the car, put it in gear, and started to drive away. He had just gotten out of prison. She ran back to her car and opened the door on the carseat side. Her kid fell out but got his leg caught in the strap. The thief drove off. The kid was dangling on the ground. People followed him. He tried to escape at an exit, but the light was red and people were stopped. The folks following him got him out and he was arrested. The child was dead.
      A FEW WEEKS LATER a guy stopped in a convenience store. Keys in the van, engine running, child in the car. He went in the store, some teens stole the van not knowing the child was in the back. When they figured that out they left the car in a parking lot, called the police from a pay phone, ran away, and all was well. Since the first theft was all over Kansas City, how could this idiot leave his kid in a van with the engine running?

      • Bob Sweatt

        So you are saying that it’s the victims fault?? Not these two morons who stole the suv??

        It’s people like you that are the reason why no one can be blamed for their own actions. Blame everyone else but the criminals right??

        People like you sicken me..

        • Zen Grouch

          Ya’ gotta admit, it’s pretty stupid to leave your keys in an unattended parked vehicle (probably running, to keep the A/C and stereo blasting) for some dirt bag to jump into and take off with…

      • Joe Smith

        Leaving your keys in the ignition unattended in public is illegal in Ohio

    • Joe Smith

      Sad but probably true.

  • albsdetector

    My only problem is that the thieves didn’t die instantly. Now the taxpayers have to foot the bills for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in care, if not more.

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