December 18, 2014

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Oberlin man suffers facial injuries after metal hits windshield

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A piece of metal fell through an Oberlin man’s car this morning on Interstate 90. COURTESY ROCKY RIVER POLICE

This is the piece of metal that hit an Oberlin driver in the face.

This is the piece of metal that hit an Oberlin driver in the face.

An Oberlin man was struck in the face with a piece of metal that flew through the windshield of his car Friday morning.

Rocky River police said the man was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 between Wooster Road and Valley View Drive when the incident occurred. Officers were called to the scene at 6:50 a.m.

The driver, Mark Mentzer, 49, was conscious and alert, stopping his vehicle safely to call police after the incident, said police Sgt. George Lichman.

Mentzer was taken to Fairview Hospital with facial injuries but was later released, according to police. He was home Friday evening, but the woman who answered the door explained that he was in too much pain to talk.

“He can’t talk now, he has been talking all day (about what happened),” she said.

Lichman said police were unable to determine from where the curved piece of metal originated.

“We don’t know if it was kicked up from the road or if it fell from the bridge,” he said.

The accident backed up traffic for some time as one lane of the interstate was closed.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.