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.