August 21, 2014

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Woman hurt in two-car crash on Route 20

This car was T-boned in an accident Monday afternoon at U.S. Route 20 and state Route 58 just south of Oberlin.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

This car was T-boned in an accident Monday afternoon at U.S. Route 20 and state Route 58 just south of Oberlin. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PITTSFIELD TWP. — A woman was taken to the hospital Monday after she tried to turn left and her vehicle was T-boned by an oncoming car.

About 4 p.m. Monday, 22-year-old Genya Couch was pulling a 2002 Honda Accord out of a gas station at U.S. Route 20 near the intersection with state Route 58.

According to Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman, the right-hand lane of eastbound cars on Route 20 stopped to let Couch enter the road. A car in the left-hand eastbound lane did not stop.

As Couch tried to turn left onto Route 20, she was hit by Kenneth Hicks, 60, who was driving a 2001 Pontiac Aztek eastbound in the left-hand lane.

Hicks hit the driver’s side of Couch’s car, causing serious damage to her car and trapping her in the vehicle.

Oberlin police, the Wellington Fire Department and the patrol arrived to find Couch still conscious and talking, with non-life-threatening injuries, Hoffman said. They were able to remove Couch and she was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to be treated. Hicks didn’t receive any injuries from the crash, and he was able to drive away from the scene.

Couch was charged with failure to yield for the crash.

  • NR2004

    I hope the car that decided to stop and let her out gets cited. This is something you do not do. I see this all the time on Lorain near Mills. Someone wants to turn left out of Sheetz on to Lorain. The eastbound right-lane people stop but the other lane does not. Boom! Its probably too much for people to think about ahead of time. In this woman’s case, she’d have been better off exiting onto 58.

    • michelle

      I agree. You do no one any favors letting someone pull out like that. Just asking for a wreck.

      • HankKwah

        Not to mention you shouldn’t stop traffic to let someone pull out like that. I see people doing that all the time.

    • NR2004

      I meant Lear; not Mills.

  • tickmeoff

    I saw this same thing happened on Leona Street at the Speedway near the Elyria Mall. A women in a Toyota let the person out, even waved for her to come out and bang….Was it loud! And what did the women do that let her out do….She puts her head down in shame and simply drives away.