October 23, 2014


Woman charged after driving vehicle into pond

A woman escaped serious injury after driving into a pond on Thursday night.

Damitia Bailey, 39, of North Royalton, was driving a 2004 Buick station wagon eastbound on Route 10 at about 10 p.m. when she drove off the south side of the roadway just west of Route 83, according to Lt. Travis Hughes with the State Highway Patrol. The vehicle crashed through a fence and landed in a pond at 36590 Butternut Ridge Road.

Bailey was able to get out of the vehicle on her own, Hughes said. She was transported to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center with minor injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Bailey was charged with driving under the influence, Hughes said.

The incident remains under investigation.

  • Starryeyes63

    Thank goodness this drunk was alone.

    • golfingirl

      Or if a Kennedy was driving, could have been a second Chappaquiddick incident.

      • Starryeyes63

        True story

      • Rtgh123

        Or, if there was a stop sign, it could have been a second Laura Bush incident!

        • golfingirl

          An accident by a 17yo driver, versus a drunken driver who fled and let his passenger drown to death?

          Then went home and did not report it until morning, after the Kennedy family could concoct a story.


          • tickmeoff

            He no longer walks the earth goflingirl, and he’s not here to defend himself against you… I don’t know if you believe in God, or you simply have no decency. When people die, it isn’t morally right to talk ill of them. You pile it on when they’re living, not when they have been dead for Four years. Yeah he was wrong, and I am sure there were many people just like you never letting him forget. The man is dead, Let it rest! Have you no class?

          • golfingirl

            My sense of “decency” demands liars and criminals not be given a pass just because they happen to die, and this includes Edward Kennedy.

            In no way are the dead immune from having their legacy critically examined.

            There is nothing inappropriate in talking about a public figure’s legacy–but to be gleeful about a death is not being humane. I never celebrated his death.

            So, exactly why are the dead supposed to get a “free pass” from the living?

            Are you so cowed by the very concept of death that you view it as some sort of get out of evil free card?

            They aren’t here to “defend themselves” is a weak argument, since many people, while living, felt no guilt in attacking the defenseless, like Mary Jo Kopechne. She was left to drown in an evil act.

            So, using your logic, we can’t speak ill of, Hitler or Stalin, just because they’re not around anymore? Ridiculous!

            When frank, honest discussion is not allowed, because someone has passed away, I have to raise an eyebrow.

          • tickmeoff

            It’s not frank and honest. It’s political! Hitler and Stalin were responsible for millions of deaths. This story was about a women being drunk and driving her car into a pond. Your comment was completely unnecessary and your rebuttal shows where your mind is.

          • golfingirl

            Your words….”When people die, it isn’t morally right to talk ill of them.”

            So I simply asked you the question, regarding the deaths of others, or is it only “selective” people you can’t speak “ill” of?

            So God would approve of you speaking “ill” of certain persons after their death, but not others? Who decides, you or him?

          • Rtgh123

            Do you ever actually have a point?

          • Rtgh123

            Grasping at straws.

          • Rtgh123

            Oh yeah, sorry. I missed the part in this story where the driver was a 17 year old boy who fled the pond area only to let the passenger drown. And then reported it in the morning.