October 24, 2014

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High-speed collision injures three

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.

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.

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