November 21, 2014

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Two dead in high-speed crash on Cowley Road

Two Ohio Highway Patrol troopers survey the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Cowley Road in Eaton Township early Sunday evening after a Ford 150 pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed veered left of center struck a utility pole, rolling over several times and ejecting all three people in the vehicle. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

Two Ohio Highway Patrol troopers survey the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Cowley Road in Eaton Township early Sunday evening after a Ford 150 pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed veered left of center struck a utility pole, rolling over several times and ejecting all three people in the vehicle. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Two men are dead following a high-speed crash on Cowley Road on Sunday afternoon.

The driver of a Ford F-150, who died in the crash, was traveling at least 100 mph when he lost control, police said.

Nicholas Russell, the owner and suspected driver of the northbound pickup, veered left, snapped a utility pole, flipped and rolled several times, according to Trooper Justin Lister of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post. The crash occurred around 4:45 p.m., in front of 12509 Cowley Road, just south of state Route 82. The area is a construction zone with a 30 mph posted speed limit.

A Eaton Township fireman surveys the scene of the one-vehicle accident.

A Eaton Township fireman surveys the scene of the one-vehicle accident.

The F-150 came to rest in a field about 300 yards northwest of where Russell is believed to have lost control and 100 yards west of the pole. Russell and passengers Jeffrey Bouman, who also was killed in the crash, and Jordan Smith were not believed to have been wearing seat belts and were thrown from the pickup.

“It was a mess,” Lister said. “This one was unbelievable.”

Russell, 23, of the 6400 block of Ridgeview Boulevard in North Ridgeville, was pronounced dead at EMH Elyria Medical Center. Bouman, 24, of the 33000 block of Columbia Station, was flown from the scene and pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Smith, 23, of the 11000 block of Kensington Drive in Grafton, suffered minor injuries. Smith was the back seat passenger, Lister said.

Bouman’s parents arrived at the scene after the crash, Lister said. They said the three men in the car had been at their home in Columbia Station where Bouman lived and were drinking and watching the Lions-Browns football game before the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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

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  • MZee

    Drinking…. 100 in a 30 construction zone…I see a lawsuit coming. Well, two.

    My condolences to all the family and friends of these young men; this is a terrific loss. No matter who did what to bring the crash about, these men were loved and are children of parents (I know, duh).

    Sadly, not drinking, not getting in with someone who is drunk, using seatbelts, not speeding (someone who has been drinking isn’t thinking… straight)… so many simple things could’ve changed this major outcome.

    • National Idiot Radar

      You are really some kind of idiot, aren’t you?

      • Jason M. Schmidt

        What makes this person an idiot?

        • National Idiot Radar

          The fact that he states fundamentally, “If there hadn’t been an accident, this accident wouldn’t have happened”.
          There has not been any report that the driver or passengers were intoxicated, or that they were or were not wearing seat belts, yet he states that removing these factors would have negated an accident.
          If he has information about this accident, such as the statements he exhibits in his comment as facts, then he has an obligation to contact the Ohio State Patrol. If he doesn’t have facts about intoxicants or seat belt restraints, then his comment is completely moot.
          In either case, everyone at the National Idiot Radar has identified MZee as a class-A dipshit.

          • Bill

            Everyone at the National Idiot Radar has voted, and the results are in…..you are fired as the spokesperson of our institution and are forbidden to ever speak on our behalf again.

          • RCSII

            Bill, Please make sure your applicants can read before inducting them into the N.I.R.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        What did MZee say that would cause you to attack him? Terrible tragedy that could have been avoided. Sad.

        • National Idiot Radar

          The fact that he states fundamentally, “If there hadn’t been an accident, this accident wouldn’t have happened”.
          There has not been any reports that the driver or passengers were intoxicated, or that they were or were not wearing seat belts, yet he states that removing these factors would have negated an accident.
          If he has information about this accident, such as the statements he exhibits in his comment as facts, then he has an obligation to contact the Ohio State Patrol. If he doesn’t have facts about intoxicants or seat belt restraints, then his comment is completely moot.
          In either case, everyone at the National Idiot Radar has identified MZee as a Class-A dipshit.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            “…and were drinking and watching the Lions-Browns football game before the crash.”

            “Russell and passengers Jeffrey Bouman, who also was killed in the crash, and Jordan Smith were not believed to have been wearing seat belts…”

            Maybe if you weren’t such a genius…

          • Ray Venn

            Can anyone at the NIR read English?

  • Michelle Lindsey Mash

    You know what makes the differance what these young men was doing before the accident, If they was wearing seatbelts, if they was speeding ALL I KNOW IS MY family lost 2 young men in this terrible accident and thats all that matters to any of us at this time.