November 29, 2014

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2 men killed in Eaton Twp. crash

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Eaton Township Fire Department respond to a single car crash that killed two men Sunday night on North Reed Road in Eaton Township. The driver of the vehicle was ejected from the car and the passenger remained inside the vehicle, according to an Eaton Township fire fighter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Eaton Township Fire Department respond to a single car crash that killed two men Sunday night on North Reed Road in Eaton Township. The driver of the vehicle was ejected from the car and the passenger remained inside the vehicle, according to an Eaton Township fire fighter. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP — Two North Ridgeville men died in a car crash around 8:15 p.m. Sunday on North Reed Road north of Brokaw Road off Root Road.

Driver Timothy Keating and passenger Paul Sonego were northbound on North Reed when police said Keating veered right and over a ditch and into a soybean field. The red four-door 1965 Chrysler New Yorker flipped on its roof in a field about 50 yards from where Keating lost control.

Keating, 47, of 9456 Root Road, was thrown from the car and landed about 15 yards east of the vehicle. His body lay in the field around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol Elyria post investigated. Firefighters placed a sheet over the vehicle where Sonego, 55, of 9456 Root Road, was partially inside.

Both men were wearing lap seatbelts, according to Sgt. Christopher Midkiff. The New Yorker didn’t have harness belts, also known as three-point seat belts, which are better than lap belts at keeping drivers and passengers from being thrown from vehicles in crashes.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but Midkiff said alcohol is believed to have been a factor. He didn’t say why troopers believe that.

After the crash, troopers took measurements on North Reed where Keating lost control. Midkiff said the posted speed limit is between 45 and 55 mph in the area.

North Reed Road resident Matt Thomas, lives near where the crash occurred. Thomas said he was a few houses down the road at a party hosted by his in-laws before the crash. Thomas said he and other partygoers were in the backyard when the New Yorker drove by.

“We said, ‘Man, he’s flying,’ ” Thomas said. “Then, obviously, we could hear the impact.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com


  • Lorie Cipriano Angey

    Well there is also a small little detail left out, that being the four wheeler involved, that fled the scene as soon as it happened.maybe next time ask people , who actually witnessed what happened.

  • Pete

    Were you the witness?

  • Lorie Cipriano Angey

    My husband, and his friend some of the witnesses, I believe my neighbor also witnessed it as well.

  • told you so

    call the highway patrol

    • Lorie Cipriano Angey

      They talked to them last night, and they wrote down statements.I’m pretty positive my neighbor wrote a statement as well.

  • told you so

    Lorie you need to call the Highway Patrol tell them what you know,both men had kids

    • Lorie Cipriano Angey

      Absolutely, ill have my husband call them,I know everyone wrote down written statements last night to.my husband even said, I seen that car the other day driving around, and he was pretty sure, the man had kids..this is terrible.

  • Pete

    What did you witness?

    • Lorie Cipriano Angey

      I personally didn’t witness anything, my neighbors, my husband, and his friend did.they police have written statements of what was witnessed from a few people..

  • Yvonne Marie

    My Uncle Paul was the passenger in this fatal crash. No one in the family has heard of this four wheeler yet. I will pass this info on so we can investigate. Thank you.

    • Guest

      Wow..I don’t know how that is possible, that is complete bs, I promise u there was a 4 wheeler that fled the scene, ant the witnesses that wrote statements all informed the police of it..then 5 mins later there was a dirt bike that went to the scene then took off.please do investigate because there was most definitely a 4 wheeler ..

      • Guest

        And everyone that seen it has a detailed description of the 4 wheeler, as well as the dirt bike, that later came to inspect the scene.

  • RCSII

    These gentlemen were drinking and driving and they sadly lost their lives as a result. Its hard to look beyond that fact not to mention the high rate of speed. They put their lives and many other innocent lives at risk during the holiday weekend. I understand family and friends want to know what happened but please look no further than the two that chose to drink and drive.
    Someday you may be as lucky as I to experience the loss of an innocent family memeber’s death due to someone chosing to drink and drive.

    • Guest

      Yes and because of that, there r now children, without a father, a mother without their son, a wife with no husband.I think we all have been victims of alcohol related accidents in one way or another. They did put innocent people at risk, as do many , many more people everyday.its sad, and even sadder that terrible tragic things like this will continue to happen, because under the influence people seem to think they r invincible, and r only concerned with making it home without a dui, instead of worring if they r gonna hurt themselves, family, or innocent bystanders.

    • Leah Nici Sonego

      Excuse me, my Uncle was a passenger and he was NOT drunk. He did not put anyone’s life at risk, his life was put at risk and our family paid the ultimate price. Not to mention, other vehicles were involved who left the scene of the accident and ultimately left my uncle to die alone. So before you decide to judge someone, lets not be so ignorant, because our high quality media does not always report the correct information.

      • RCSII

        I have no doubt your uncle was a fine man. By all accounts he was loved by many. But, he entered a car where there was an open container, with a man having a history of instability, a history of wreckless driving, and he was warned multiple times not drive with him. Sadly, your uncle made a poor choice and died because of it. Those are facts based on your families coments. Forget about the four-wheeler. At the point in time those two men entered the car with an open container and drove at a high rate of speed the other vehicle (four wheeler) is of little significance to any police officer, district attorney, prosecutor, jury or judge. You need to look no further than the decisions of the driver and the passenger for fault. One last comment: your families comments in the paper are extremely damaging to any financial settlement you may seek in the future. My advice is to quit talking to the media and posting comments. You will regret it.

  • J.d. Gontkovsky

    It should be noted that the victims are/were next door neighbors

  • Paul Sonego

    I am Paul Sonego’s son Paul

  • Paul Sonego

    My dad was the best father and husband that any family could ask for. He sacrificed so much to have a happy and close family. He was so upbeat and always knew how to make people laugh. Everybody around him loved him and his personality. I am happy that my dad was able to see me graduate high school and go to Walsh University on an academic and athletic scholarship. I made my dad proud and that is the best accomplishment in my life. Yes we are concerned about the 4 wheeler truck and I do want to know what happened but all i know is that he was with a guy with a death wish. My dad wasn’t drinking and wore his seatbelt. I do not want that to overlap the message of how kind and good of a person he was and how much he contributed and did for people and that is what I want everyone to know. I love you dad so much. You will forever be in my heart.

    • Guest

      My dad was the passenger

    • Joann M. Gall

      Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve known Tim since childhood and am praying for both of your families.

    • Penny Peterlin

      Paul, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad and also for the people talking on here that didn’t know him like his family And friends, reading some of the remarks saddens me. I worked with Timmy, my condolences to you and your family. I know it’s hard keep your head up and know you have a guardian angel watching over you, prayers to you and your family

    • told you so

      Paul I was your neighbor for 15 years,your father was a good man.I don’t want to tell u I know how u feel because I don’t,But I know Your a very good person.I know coach Beach he always said good things about you.They say God will never put more on you than you can handle,and you have a lot.I know you will take care of your Mom,Go to school and get a good education.I know you are going to have a lot accomplishments in your life,Remember your Dad will always be looking down and saying that’s my boy.God bless you and your family Paul,my family will be praying for yours

    • Leah Nici Sonego

      Your dad was very proud of you cuz and still is. He isn’t going to miss anything in your life, he is watching from above. I will spend all night on these blogs defending my Uncle from these ignorant people who don’t know the truth. You need to stay off these blogs for you own sanity, they will make you crazy. You know the truth in your heart. We are your family and we will protect you and your dad from these people.

  • told you so

    Gee Pete how long did it take u to think of a stupid comment like that.

    • Penny Peterlin

      I agree “told you so”

  • Where are the details

    Why wouldn’t they report the 4wheeler in the article? especially if it “fled”!! Yvonne said the family had not been notified of that (major) detail, why not? It’d be nice if the family & community knew ALL the details that multiple witnesses saw, isn’t that the reporters job-to provide details? Is it because the state troopers have eliminated that detail for a reason cause that is the ONLY logical reason to me for it to not be mentioned in any article. Maybe they spoke with the rider and it is no longer a concern or cause. Through hearsay, we’ve personally heard 2 entirely different stories. One that they fled another that the 4wheeler rider that “witnesses” say “fled the scene” left only to get help and returned with help from their home before emergency crews even showed up to put out the fire. And that the 4wheeler didn’t cause the wreck but only witnessed it,left and returned w/ help. I would imagine the troopers likely got statements from everyone in the surrounding area and from those that helped before first responders got there. Clearly it just shows how many twist and turns a story can have. Am I the only one who thinks if the 4wheeler was a concern/cause they would’ve told the family and included it in this article with hopes that someone in the area would step forward or at the very least include a description of the 4wheeler & rider in the article? Unfortunately nothing will change the outcome of these two loved men losing their lives. We are in an area that sees multiple speeders and atvs driving down the streets and it worsens during any holiday. Speeding is especially dangerous through the country roads at night. Hopefully they write an article stating the toxicology report comes back with no alcohol in the mens system, since as the son above stated they weren’t drinking- at least it would take that bad rep away. I imagine it would be frustrating & upsetting for anyones friends and family to see comments about “drunk driver” of their recently deceased loved one if they believe they were sober. Praying that all involved find peace.

    • Leah Nici Sonego

      That was my Uncle Paul in the article. Non of the facts stated by the reporters are correct. Both were not drunk, another vehicle was involved, the driver did not have a seatbelt on and my uncle was not ejected from the car. It is the media’s sick ability to alter a story to make it more exciting for readers.

      • Pete

        Sorry about your loss but the article stated dinking was involved, I stated that both were drunk because you’d have to be drunk to let someone intoxicated take your life in his hands. They also stated he was partly out of car, not ejected. Story seems right on target except some think that the 4-wheeler is a major part of the incident but that wasn’t included probably because the state patrol deemed it not to be.

        • Leah Nici Sonego

          To my knowledge, my uncle was unaware of the fact that his neighbor was intoxicated, he appeared fine at the time he picked him up. Also, he was not partly out of the car. He was in the car, with his seat belt on. The driver did not have his seat belt on and yes, that is why he was ejected. Your statements are misleading to readers. You twisted facts around to make your small town story news worthy, pathetic.

          • Pete

            This is not MY story. This is one we read about all too often. What time did you get on the scene? Did you know the other person was intoxicated? HHmmm

  • Guest

    Why would someone state one of the victims had a death wish?

    • Pete

      That came from the son of one of the victims. Speed and alcohol caused this tragedy, and stupidity.

    • Paul Sonego

      Tim was going through a hard time with a divorce and did many reckless things. I know I was his neighbor. Tim was a good guy but he got too involved in drinking and became very irresponsible with it. He did high risk things which is why I say he was a man with a death wish, not putting other people in consideration of his actions like my father and his family and children. Now everyone suffers. My dad made him meals for months and helped him out and Tim helped us out now and then. My dad became good friends with him because he liked helping people out.

      • janiem

        paul,you do not need to explain anything to these people,grieve for the father you knew,and let it be..people will always talk ,and be ignorant,no matter what the circumstances,because they are so miserable with their own lives,they need something to make them feel a little better..god bless you,and your family.

        • Paul Sonego

          Thank you Janiem for your comment. Both my dad and Tim were great men that have families that loved them. My dad wants me to stay strong for my mother and become successful just how he raised me and I now have so much more ambition to do so. I will make my dad proud of me everyday

  • janiem

    hmm or maybe it was “youngsters” racing down down the street,seconds in front of the car,playing a game,sitting in the path of a flying vehicle,that swerved to the right,in order to save the lives of” youngsters” hm sounds like pete,is a lil nervous,and i am curious” pete,”how did you know that it was “youngsters” and more then one? i find that quit interesting there buddy,because you r exactly right,and i don’t believe,anywhere in the above comments,i’ve read anyone state,there was more then one on the 4 wheeler,or that they were “youngsters” very accurate speculations..

    • Pete

      Janiem, did you not read where I said “MAYBE”? Try reading slower next time.

      • Leah Nici Sonego

        Maybe the police should investigate you! Your probably the one who left my NON drunk uncle to die on the side of the road.

        • Pete

          I never understood why family members come on here to read these posts yet whine about what they read. These sites are the last place I’d be spending my time on after the loss of a loved one. Go comfort the loved ones, Let’s just wait and see what the blood tests to say about his condition. Sad that people can be that intoxicated and not even 9:00, must have been a heck of a party.

          • Leah Nici Sonego

            We have to be on here to protect our little nephew from scum like you who say ignorant, heartless comments like yours. To protect him from the idiot who wrote this article and posted my nephew address. So while they try to grieve, jerks like you pound on their door. And to protect my nephew from the community who asks him questions based on the misleading information posted on these sights. So I am allowing my nephew to find comfort and I wouldn’t have to spend time on here to monitor these posts if people like you didn’t post ignorant comments for my nephew to read, who is only looking for correct answers and peace of mind while his dad’s death is under investigation.

          • Pete

            Protect him from getting in a car with intoxicated individuals. Educate him on the problems with drinking and driving. If you don’t like what you read than get off this forum.

          • Leah Nici Sonego

            My nephew was raised by great parents and is well educated. He just started college not only on an athletic scholarship but an academic one as well….far smarter than you. I don’t have a problem with people speaking their mind on this forum as long as it is an educated statement, based on facts rather than hearsay. “Thou shall not judge, as you shall one day be judged yourself.”

  • Paul Sonego

    I appreciate everyone’s condolences and prayers. I am grateful to be in such a positive and caring community. R.I.P Dad and Tim Keating

    • cap

      I am a cousin of Timmy’s. Timmy did not have a death wish! further more he would never intentionally hurt anyone let alone kill them. I am sorry for your loss. But our family is suffering the loss of both men too. I am horrified at the way the paper has depicted my cousin out to be. my condolences to everyone who has felt the loss of these two men.

  • Where are the details

    I apologize you believe the media has twisted the story but I am glad they decided to release more details in the newest article, especially that they asked for people to call with info! It did seem the journalist cleared up a lot- including the four wheeler concern & why it is to be believed alcohol is a factor, due to the beer found on scene. Unfortunately in the latest article the sonego family seems to not be painting a pretty picture of Tim, which sadly his family is reading & currently processing those quotes. Instead of placing blame on a person look deeper at their actions. You are asking people not to judge Paul & Tim as drunk & irresponsible based on a story media painted yet are clearly placing judgement on this atv story witnesses painted. The state troopers seem to still be doing their job & investigating but are unaware of what role,if at all any atv played. No story is the same they’re not adding up- its he said, she said. If there was an atv driver that did flee then that is something they’d have to live with weighing on their mind. Like I’ve stated already through hearsay we heard that the four wheeler left the scene and returned with help. I personally did not witness- which is why its called hearsay. Did any witnesses who saw the four wheeler see people helping before firefighters showed? It’d be a shame if they did come back with help for your families before first responders showed and here you are bad mouthing that person based on a story someone painted. Did they not see where the vehicle went to? Seems logical to me to pay special attention to a vehicle “fleeing a scene”. Every person has parts that they want to believe to be true but no one seems to know the truth. The action of speeding recklessly is what seems to be a constant in all stories, even the beer found hopefully was just litter. Even with the partygoers who heard the car speeding but didn’t see it from the back yard. Whether there was or wasn’t another vehicle “involved” if they were going 45mph like the road states then they may have had better control over their car & still be alive. But… Accidents happen, I don’t think anyone was on that road driving with the intentions to harm or kill anyone. Like I said unfortunately no matter what the story, the outcome is the same. I’ll continue praying for the constant healing & guidance through this difficult time and investigation.

    • cap

      I respect n appreciate ur comment. And I also believe that u r spot on! I dont think will ever know the whole truth as to what happened. But as a believer in my Father in heaven, I seriously have to ask myself after a long exhausting day thinking to myself with all that has been said. I’m pretty sure my Father in Heaven would want me to come in ” Love”! So with saying that, as I go to bed 2nite. I will be praying for the Love of God to comfort all the friends n families involed. And that no matter what anyone says about our departed loved ones, whom I know in my heart that they “both” were good men of God. Their lives were cut short. And I am sorry for that. But I have to believe that maybe God had saved them from something else, he will turn this horrific “accident” into something positive. God is not the author of death. I think we should all look to Him for comfort n love thru this time.Mayb we should all come together in love not hate. I understand that we all grieve differently. But in times like this, we need eachother for support, compassion, and again the most important is Love. God plz show urself to all in need of ur touch.

  • Where are the details

    Well janiem – I live in the community honey & I want real answers. I did see many atvs that day, as I do often- a yellow one, red one, & a dirt bike thing. Now how helpful is that? It isn’t! I don’t pay attention to riders, drivers, or look at a clock every time one passes. I’m saying that a description is not enough, what do you expect police to do? a county wide search at everyones home? Your best bet is that they are young and will chat too much around town. I didn’t see a single officer pass down Brokaw to go around and get statements that evening or look/ask for any atv info- not one! Which might’ve been smart if witnesses suspected it was involved & that they were partying. I’m glad you witnessed something & was able to inform the police. I get sick of cars & atvs zooming down the road like they own it, its extremely dangerous & maybe these men dying will teach them. Word around the block is that a young skinny man AND skinny female blonde riding a 4wheeler came down brokaw around sunset yelling for help, that a car was on fire, got help & went back to the scene. I have a hard time believing such a story would be fabricated & for the record I believe everything you say to be true too. We are all here to look out for each other. The police must have some kind of info straight from the horses mouth/someone that knows the couple or they allowed people to leave without getting statements. But clearly just because there is differences in stories doesn’t mean you have to be rude bc you think the way you witnessed it is the only way it could’ve happened. Good luck with the ongoing investigation, I hope the family finds peace in any answers they receive. I’m sorry for your losses.