October 25, 2014

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Online effort flourishing to get Elyria man new set of wheels after carjacking

Nicholas Hurst, left, poses Friday with his father, Chris, in the apartment parking lot on Washington Avenue in Elyria where Nicholas’ vehicle was taken April 2. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Nicholas Hurst, left, poses Friday with his father, Chris, in the apartment parking lot on Washington Avenue in Elyria where Nicholas’ vehicle was taken April 2. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Nick Hurst was glad to finally own a car that could get him to a new job.

The 20-year-old Elyria resident’s purchase of a 1996 Ford Taurus some weeks earlier had come at the right time. He was to start a new job April 3 at Green Circle Growers in Oberlin.

But his car was stolen at knifepoint April 2 by a man who sped off in it, only to end up damaging the Ford in a head-on collision with another car in North Ridgeville minutes later.

Hurst’s family has established an online account to which people have already donated $1,410 toward a goal of $2,500 to allow Nick to replace the vehicle.

“It took off the first day,” his mother, Lisa Hurst, said of the endeavor. “We’ve had a lot of friends donating, and it’s still going.”

Nick Hurst had obtained the Green Circle job through a temporary job placement service. He’s looking for work again but knows lack of transportation is a major roadblock.

“I was just getting out of the car when this guy pushed me against it with a knife,” Nick Hurst said Friday as he recounted the uncertain, fearful moments he endured outside the Washington Avenue apartment building where he and his girlfriend live with their three young children.

“He held the knife against my stomach and kept pushing me against the car,” Nick Hurst said.

The man, whom police later identified as Cedrick K. Lindsay, 20, kept telling Hurst to hand over his car keys. Hurst thought about not giving up his keys.

“He looked unpredictable, like he didn’t know what to do,” Hurst said.

Then Lindsay ripped the keys from Hurst’s hand, jumped in the car and took off, according to police.

Less than 15 minutes later, police say Lindsey crashed the car into a Buick Regal at Center Ridge and Lear-Nagle roads in North Ridgeville.

Lindsay and the driver of the Regal, a North Ridgeville woman, were admitted to St. John Medical Center in Westlake for their injuries.

Lindsay was later transferred to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino. He now is in the county jail, where he is being held on aggravated robbery charges pressed by Elyria police.

North Ridgeville police decided to forward their charges against Lindsay to a county grand jury, according to Capt. Marti Garrow. Those counts include aggravated vehicular assault, failure to comply with a lawful order and driving under suspension.

“When I first heard he had been held up with a knife, the tears just came to my eyes,” Lisa Hurst said.

Nick used the bulk of an income tax refund to buy the Taurus for $1,000.

“It had 194,000 miles on it but was in really good shape,” Nick said. “It ran decent. We replaced the battery right away and then we had to do the alternator.”

Nick’s parents, who work different hours, try to help out when they can, but know that can’t provide daily rides to and from a job.

Still, they want to help where they can.

Nick was starting to head toward troubling behavior for a time but got himself straightened out, according to his dad, Chris, a service technician for Time Warner Cable.

“He settled down,” the elder Hurst said. “He’s a good kid trying to make it.”

A former Elyria High School student, Nick plans to get his GED degree. In the meantime, Nick has a possible job offer at General Plug & Manufacturing in Oberlin, and another job interview may be in the offing as well, according to his father.

Anyone wishing to donate may do so at www.gofundme.com.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.


  • Sis Delish

    “I was just getting out of the car when this guy pushed me against it with a knife,” Nick Hurst said Friday as he recounted the uncertain, fearful moments he endured outside the Washington Avenue apartment building where he and his girlfriend live with their three young children.

    Washington Avenue + 3 Young Children = Not Good.

    • Lou

      Not everyone is fortunate enough to live in Avon Lake.

      • Sis Delish

        There used to be No Better Place to Live in Elyria THAN on Washington Avenue.

        • luvmytoaster

          Seriously, do you even know Elyria? Washington Avenue has apartment buildings and churches as well as decent homes – it’s not Overbrook Drive……

  • topofthemorningeverybody

    that is no place to live at with your family or even by yourself..get out&to me your story is reason enough to break your lease.

  • Nicole

    20 yrs old, uneducated high school dropout, 3 kids, no job, no car, looking for a handout? Now where have I seen this before?

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      “Uneducated high school dropout” – This is nowhere in the article.
      “No job” – His job was at Green Circle in Oberlin. It’s in the article.
      “No car” – His car was a 1996 Taurus. It’s in the article.
      I don’t get how seven people have upvoted your comment when literally nothing you said was factual except his age and that he and his partner have three children.

      • luvmytoaster

        Thank you Alan – my sentiments exactly. This young man was trying to work, actually had his own transportation and was robbed of it – and we’re complaining about him? I just don’t understand people…..

  • Guest

    It’s amazing the stuff people will put on their Facebook page even while they’re in the public eye.

  • onesears

    lemme guess.. no insurance?

    • Joe Smith

      At his age and income, he probably only had liability insurance which only would cover the other person, just a guess.

    • luvmytoaster

      Seriously? He purchased the Taurus for $1000.00 – do you think he has purchased insurance that will “replace” this vehicle…would you?

  • Ron Jeremy

    Would have been great if sis delish was the victim instead of mr. hurst

    • Lou

      Lmao!!

  • SandyLey

    There has to be a way to get these animals out of our city and off of our streets.

    • Mark B

      Elyria / Lorain County Liberal Judges will never be tough enough to make a difference.

      • karenwilliamsfoley

        LOL This whole thing comes down to it’s the liberals fault…come on Mark B, get real, why did you have to bring politics in it. Do something positive instead of negative and help this kid out go to go fund me and donate.

        • Ghostwriter

          Mark B will turn anything into a political debate. The fact that the temperature is supposed to drastically drop on Tuesday is the fault of every liberal/democrat, according to Mark, and the likes of him.

          • Sis Delish

            Using my snowblower on Tuesday, according to Lefties will accelerate Global Warming…and even more so when my pet cow Farts.

          • Ghostwriter

            I understand we won’t all agree on all issues, but to argue against wanting to protect the environment seems funny to me. I guess destroying the environment is OK if it’s for the almighty dollar, because money = happiness correct? Are we ever going to learn to work together to accomplish what is best for the general mass, no matter which political side we fall on? Or will we just continue this nonsense of bashing one another, all while not getting anything productive accomplished, just because we don’t like one sides stance on a few issues? People on the far wing of each political view are the problem, I’m sure most of us would be willing to meet in the middle of most issues. I apologize for steering off of the path of what this article is about, but politics are so annoying. Though I would consider myself a Democrat, I would much rather have grown up in a more simpler time than we live in today.

          • Sis Delish

            Aim your concerns at Asia and India. But, in India, don’t even mess with The Cows.

          • SniperFire

            ‘ I guess destroying the environment is OK if it’s for the almighty dollar’ You just turned using a snowblower into a politcal debate. Typical Lib.

          • Pablo Jones

            No one is saying go out and pollute and dump toxic waste in the river or next to school, or in fact dump it anywhere. To argue that CO2, a by product of respiration of all living animals, is polluting the world is foolish.

          • Sis Delish
          • Pablo Jones

            The easiest way to reduce the life time methane emissions of a cow is to slaughter it earlier. Bring on the veal.

    • golfingirl

      There is. It is called a CCW license.

  • Wondering

    He wants $2,500 for a car he bought for $1,000???

    • HankKwah

      toward a goal of $2,500 to allow Nick to “replace” the vehicle.

      Not too many cars out there that run well for $1000.

  • GreatRedeemer

    GED, possible job. How in the heck will he pay for insurance and gas.

  • oldruss

    Is “www.gofundme.com” a 501(c)(3) organization, so that donations are tax deductible?
    If not, then perhaps donations to the United Way would be better.

  • Barbara Radke

    So from the posts I see this kid is trying to do right, go in the right direction and it’s still not good enough for some people. In some eyes he is and always will be a loser. If he had been the one with the knife your remarks would have been similar. Geez, while I don’t have the past this kid does, I sure have things in my past I’m not proud of, and I would say I’m pretty much and always have been a model citizen. So here’s the point, if you can say, even if you don’t donate – hats off to ya kid you are trying to do right, then just don’t say anything. Unless of course you want to be responsible for him saying, you know those posters are right I’m a loser and always will be why try, and go in the other direction. I really didn’t think that this is what our town was about, I thought we in general helped someone that was trying. You know like we do with food drives, toys for tots, school supplies, helping the elderly. What makes his need any different?

    • Sis Delish

      Babs, stupidity should Not be rewarded.

      • luvmytoaster

        Where is the stupidity? He was robbed at knife point – I can only hope that this doesn’t happen to you…..or maybe it should, so that you will have compassion?

    • SniperFire

      ‘ I see this kid is trying to do right, go in the right direction’

      And you believe this because you read one short article and ignore all the rest of the details in his life, such as being unmarried with three kids?

    • Pablo Jones

      I’m doing the right things, have a good job, and take care of my family. Will you donate money to me so I can buy a new car?

      If he didn’t have 3 kids he probably wouldn’t have a problem affording a car.

    • luvmytoaster

      Thank you Barbara, you’re comments were right on.

    • Vicki Summers

      One child is his .the other two he is daddy to ,hats off to him for trying to support them too

  • bdid.d

    Seems to be plenty of employment opportunities within walking distance of where he lives. It’s really unfortunate what happened to him, but maybe he could get a local job and go from there…

    • Sis Delish

      Have the lad apply for one of them “Shovel-Ready” jobs. I hear there was LOTS of money set aside for “Shovel-Ready” jobs.

      Maybe the 20-Year-Old father of three can go over to that place where the former mayor hosted the disaster from D.C. for a cheeseburger. I hear the City set-aside a few bucks to clean and polish the chair He sat on, in the Men’s room.

  • Guest

    It’s nice that all the judgemental people who comment have such perfect lives.

    • SniperFire

      That is called bifurcation logical fallacy. Fail.

  • shouldntthrowstones

    It’s nice that the judgmental people who comment have such perfect lives.

    • oldruss

      Sometimes you just have to draw the line. THREE kids already, and he’s only 20-years old himself??!! Didn’t he ever hear about wearing a condom?

    • SniperFire

      Easy for freeloaders to say that those paying his welfare payments should not be critical of his poor life choices.

    • Sis Delish

      Welcome to the world of blogging. Did you just create your name today, or, did you go to Online Probate have have your name changed?

      • shouldntthrowstones

        And your comment has what to do with the respective story?

        • Sis Delish

          You post under the name “guest”, then under the name “shouldntthrowstones” the same message. It has everything to do with this story, once you post.

          • shouldntthrowstones

            Because it showed an error. Commas belong inside quotation marks by the way. As I won’t bother battling the witless, I hope you enjoy your day.

          • Sis Delish

            Thanks for adding absolutely nothing to anything.

  • luvmytoaster

    Why does it bother you that he has a fund established to help him purchase another car? It’s not like you are forced to contribute to it, what is wrong with you?

    • Nicole

      I don’t think anything is wrong with me. I just have a different opinion than you.