July 28, 2014

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UPDATE: Man injured when struck by SUV in Columbia Station

Emergency crews load Columbia Station resident John Ondrejovich into a helicopter to take him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Emergency crews load Columbia Station resident John Ondrejovich into a helicopter to take him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Bicyclist John Ondrejovich who was injured when he was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer was listed in critical condition Friday night at Metro-Health Medical Center in Cleveland, according to a nursing supervisor.

Ondrejovich, 51, was traveling westbound on Osborne Road around 6:40 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by Severio Nardo, 75, of Columbia Station, who was also traveling westbound, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post reported.

According to Trooper Ryan Pischel the accident was caused by the sun’s glare on Nardo’s windshield.

Pischel said no charges have been filed, but that could change pending the result of the investigation.

“We need to talk with the other man,” Pischel said, referring to Ondrejovich.

 

Ondrejovich was westbound on Osborne Road around 6:40 p.m. Thursday when he was struck, according to Sgt. Tim Hoffman of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post. Ondrejovich was passing a home at 26884 Osborne Road about a half mile west of Station Road when he was hit by a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Severio Nardo.

Hoffman said Nardo hit the rear wheel of the bicycle and Ondrejovich was thrown about seven yards.

Ondrejovich was conscious after being struck, according to Fire Chief Ray Anthony.

Nardo, of the 26000 block of Crocker Landing in Columbia Station, said he was shaken by the accident but unhurt. Nardo, 75, said he never saw the bicyclist because of intense sun glare.

“When I heard the bang, that’s when I knew something was wrong,” Nardo said. “I was hoping it was a mailbox I hit.”

The crash remains under investigation.

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