October 23, 2014

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UPDATE: Three transported to hospital after high-speed crash

A North Ridgeville police officer recorded this vehicle traveling at 97 mph before it rear-ended another vehicle on Route 83. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

A North Ridgeville police officer recorded this vehicle traveling at 97 mph before it rear-ended another vehicle on Route 83. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — An 89-year-old man was critically injured following a two-vehicle crash on state Route 83 Monday afternoon.

A North Ridgeville police officer holds a measuring device as they investigate the accident on Route 83.

A North Ridgeville police officer holds a measuring device as they investigate the accident on Route 83.

The man was driving a red Buick Lucerne at speeds of nearly 100 mph when his vehicle rear-ended a blue Mazda CX-5 about 1 p.m. near Route 83 and Dorchester Avenue, North Ridgeville Police Sgt. Adam Freas said.

The elderly man’s wife, 75, was a passenger in the Lucerne. She was reported to be in stable condition following the crash, as was the 66-year-old woman driving the Mazda, said North Ridgeville Fire Capt. Mike Uhnak.

The 89-year-old driver was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Uhnak said.

The man’s wife was taken by a North Ridgeville Fire Department rescue squad to St. John Westshore Hospital in Westlake, where the female driver of the Mazda also was taken by Avon firefighters who assisted at the scene, Uhnak said.

Uhnak declined to release the names of the three injured persons, citing privacy laws.

The Buick Lucerne was clocked at 97 mph by a police officer driving northbound on Route 83 just before the collision, Freas said.

The force of the crash pushed the Mazda nearly 100 feet before it hit a ditch, flipped and came to a stop in front of a telephone pole.

The Buick sustained heavy front-end damage that essentially destroyed the car’s engine compartment. The car traveled about 300 feet before coming to rest in front of a residence at 5073 Avon Belden Road, said Freas.

Uhnak said it was possible the 89-year-old could have suffered some type of medical issue before the crash, but he referred further questions about the cause of the collision to police.

Police closed Route 83 to traffic between Center Ridge and Mills roads as crews cleaned up the accident scene.

Steve Fogarty contributed to this story.

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

 


  • NR2004

    with all the traffic on 83, how does one get up to 90 MPH? i can’t even hit the 45 MPH speed limit heading into Avon.

    • MacysMama

      A heart attack could cause the foot to go down on the accelerator or some other medical issue.

  • SweetScarlet

    It’s FREAS. NOT FREAF.

  • Tiffany

    That Lucerne looks good for crashing at that speed. It speaks to the safety of Buicks.

    • NR2004

      The Mazda looks good too for getting slammed into by a car doing, maybe 60 MPH more than it was. I’m not sure I buy that 97 MPH part of the story though. I think Ridgeville cops automatically bump all speed readings by 25%. Then half the force has to show up to give you your speeding ticket.

      • Dan

        I agree

      • Jeff

        Sounds like you have gotten tickets in N.R. before…

        • NR2004

          While I did get my only speeding ticket 25 year ago, it was in NR, but on 480 and it was the State Highway Patrol. But anyone living in Elyria/NR for 34 years would know what I mean.

          • Jeff

            lol..I feel your pain, I was a victim of N.R. myself. I was j/k.

          • NR2004

            I figured as much. My dad would warn me as a young adult. Don’t speed in NR. Now I find myself telling visitors, “don’t speed!” Obey they law and you’re fine.

  • Kelvin Gray

    If that Buick was actually traveling that fast, and that’s a big if, I would have to assume it was some kind of medical emergency with the driver.

  • Simon Jester

    Elderly drivers and morons with cell phones, making the roads statistically more dangerous than rolling through Afghanistan.

    Gotta love it.

  • Mary Hoholski

    I was passed by the RED Buick just seconds before the crash. I can absolutely say that he was going every bit of 97 mph!!! My car shook as he blew past me. Thank the good Lord and my guardian Angels there was no oncoming traffic as he passed or it would have been me instead of the blue Mazda!!!!

  • Sis Delish

    If he had to pee that bad, probably should have just pulled over… just sayin’…

  • Brittany Smith

    Better check the scene. The NR police are known not to discover crash victims for 16 hours. The negligent morons.