November 25, 2014

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UPDATED: Vehicle crashes into utility pole on Route 301

A 16-year-old driver crashed into a telephone pole on state Route 301 on Wednesday evening. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM MARTIN

A 16-year-old driver crashed into a telephone pole on state Route 301 on Wednesday evening. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM MARTIN

LAGRANGE — Residents were without power for several hours Wednesday evening after a vehicle intentionally drove off the road and hit a utility pole, said Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Lister.

About 5 p.m., a 16-year-old LaGrange boy was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer southbound near 13660 state Route 301 when he intentionally drove off the right side of the road, Lister said. The vehicle struck a utility pole and a well cover, pushing the well cover about 20 feet.

The teen, who did not suffer serious injuries, was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and later to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for evaluation, Lister said. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Crews had to turn off the power in the surrounding area for about five hours to repair the utility pole.

The patrol is investigating the crash.


  • oldruss

    What was the teen’s name? I know you and most other news outlets have a policy to protect these children, whether it’s careless driving, driving while under the influence, or criminal acts like robbery, assault, homicide, etc. That more and more teens seem to be involved in more and more serious situations, perhaps it is past time we stopped trying to protect these “little ones”. The old adage is apt, spare the rod and spoil the child.

    • HankKwah

      He’s still a minor, and they won’t release it, regardless of how much he needs a smack in the head. Instead of sweating gun control, maybe the libs should start worrying about all the accidents these minors are in while driving. This, the kid at the railroad crossing recently, lots of horrible decisions and high speeds are making the news of late.

      • oldruss

        I understand that is the policy; but the policy is wrong, and does not serve these “minors” well in the long run.

        • HankKwah

          Not arguing that at all.

    • Razorback Twou

      Hey try this, keep your nose out of it and mind your own business.

      • oldruss

        The Chronicle-Telegram has already made it everyone’s business, by reporting on the collision with the utility pole, and the disruption of power to utility customers.

  • Sis Delish

    The Kid probably just didn’t like telephone poles.

  • Bob Ross

    Why the hell do you want to know their names? So you can harass them?

    • oldruss

      The policy of not reporting the names of minors charged with traffic offenses or those charged with being delinquent for having committed a criminal act is long-standing; but nonetheless, it is a policy that no longer serves a valid purpose. By protecting the minor offenders, we are sheltering them when we should be exposing their irresponsibility or their deliberate criminal conduct.

  • Scout

    The more immediate question is why did he intentionally drive into the telephone pole?

    • Bob

      His GPS told him to drive into the pole. LOL

      • Scout

        I’m guessing his GPS on his cell phone….