August 1, 2014

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Patrol: Alcohol not involved in crash that injured 6

Emergency crews respond to a crash at state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSEPH ZADEH

Emergency crews respond to a crash at state Route 18 and Quarry Road on Friday. PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOSEPH ZADEH

WELLINGTON TWP. — Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash Friday night that hospitalized six people, including two Wellington residents and four Ashland University students, one in critical condition.

The accident occurred a few minutes after 8 p.m. at the intersection of state Route 18 and Quarry Road when a westbound 2004 F-250 pickup on Route 18 struck a northbound 2001 Subaru on Quarry Road, according to the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Investigating state troopers released updated information about 9:30 p.m. Saturday night that indicated Madeline Humphrey, 20, of Elkins, W.Va., the driver of the Subaru, failed to yield from a stop sign at the intersection.

Mark Zacharias, 56, who drove the F-250 pickup, and Elizabeth Zacharias, 55, his front-seat passenger, were both taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin and later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where Mark Zacharias was listed in fair condition and Elizabeth Zacharias in good condition as of Saturday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Andrew P. Keim, 21, of Millersburg, one of three passengers in Humphrey’s car, remained in critical condition early this morning, according to MetroHealth officials.

Some media outlets, citing a university source, had reported that Keim had died, but a MetroHealth nursing supervisor said he was still listed in critical condition at 12:30 a.m. today.

Humphrey and the Subaru’s other passengers, Paige Gorsuch, 21, and Rose Sepesy, 21, of Youngstown, all were in serious condition, according to the MetroHealth nursing supervisor.

No hometown was listed for Gorsuch, according to the latest release from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

It was not known whether seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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