November 26, 2014


Alcohol a factor in crash that critically injured teen

AMHERST TWP. — An Elyria teen critically injured in a car crash at 4:35 a.m. Saturday on state Route 113 near Bechtel Road is improving.

Alan Bowen, 17, address unavailable, was thrown from the rear seat of the car he was a passenger in, according to Trooper Clayton Grubb of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post.

Bowen was upgraded from critical to fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to a nursing supervisor.

Grubb said the 17-year-old driver of the 2000 Honda Civic Bowen was riding in swerved right before crashing. The driver, also of Elyria, said he swerved to miss an animal crossing the road, according to Grubb.

However, alcohol is believed to have contributed to the crash.

Grubb said the driver failed a field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.133 blood in a breathalyzer test. The legal limit for adults in Ohio is 0.08.

The driver was arrested and charged with drunken driving, underage consumption and failure to control.

Alex Cox, a 17-year-old front seat passenger from the 6000 block North Abbe Road in Elyria, received non-life-threatening injuries.

  • boldlover

    y is a 17yr out that late anyways… i hope these kids learned a lesson and never drink and drive again… these kids now and days are getting away with to much stuff and realizing what they got to loose… and i think they all should be charged with something… so sad praying for him to get better…

  • Carrie Watson

    I thought that, with the new licensing laws, teenagers were only allowed to have so many non-family passengers in their cars and that it was more heavily restricted during certain hours. That kid is lucky he didn’t kill anybody! He’d be looking at prison time for sure!

  • Mary Collins

    When will these kids EVER learn. Wear your seatbelt! The outcome could have been much worse. Prayers to the young man and his family…