December 20, 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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