December 20, 2014

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UPDATE: 17-year-old critically injured in crash

ANNA MERRIMAN/CHRONICLE

The collapsed passenger’s side of a Ford Taurus driven by Kyle Delligatti is seen after a two-car collision on state Route 301 on Wednesday. ANNA MERRIMAN/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — A teenager was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on state Route 301.

Kyle Delligatti, 17, of Indian Hollow Road in Penfield Township, was northbound in a black Ford Taurus at 1:30 p.m. on state Route 301, north of Webster Road, when he lost control and the vehicle spun, according to troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post.

Rescue workers tend to Delligatti at the scene. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Rescue workers tend to Delligatti at the scene. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

The Taurus was struck on the passenger side by a brown Pontiac Montana minivan, and the two vehicles then slid into a ditch, according to Lt. Travis Hughes, post commander.

Delligatti was in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Wednesday night. The Pontiac driver, 18-year-old Nicholas Malinovsky, of the 22000 block of Hawley Road in Wellington, was uninjured. The Pontiac passenger, a 17-year-old girl who police wouldn’t identify, suffered a broken left leg.

Police said Delligatti lost control, swerved right, overcorrected and drove left of center, causing the crash. Delligatti, who police said was driving too fast for conditions, may face a driving left of center charge.

The Taurus’ windows were shattered except for the windshield and driver’s side, and the passenger’s side was smashed in nearly to the driver’s seat. Firefighters had to pry open the driver’s side door to free Delligatti.