GRAFTON – A medical condition may have caused a 48-year-old man to drive off the road and into a house Thursday morning.
Nicholas Hill, 48, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with serious injuries after he crashed his pickup truck into a house on the 2500 block of Grafton Road around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Hill had gone to a gas station across from the house just before the crash, as he did almost every morning. The gas station attendant told troopers it was unusual that Hill, normally talkative, didn’t say anything when he bought a few items at the station.
After making his purchases, Hill got back into his car and drove across the street, straight into the house on Grafton Road, according to the Highway Patrol. Troopers believe a medical condition caused Hill to lose consciousness and crash.
Hill’s foot remained on the accelerator after the crash and his tires kept spinning, causing a fire in the bushes at the front of the house, according to troopers.
Mary Hoover, who has owned the house for more than 30 years, said she was asleep inside when she was awakened by an explosive sound and smoke filling her home.
“I grabbed the dog and ran outside,” Hoover said, adding that the smoke around her house made it difficult for her to see Hill’s truck, which had plowed through her front wall and was lodged in her living room. “There was a lot of noise.”
Hoover called 911 and grabbed a hose in an effort to put out the flames.
The Highway Patrol, Eaton Township Fire Department, Carlisle Township Fire Department and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, extinguished the flames and transported Hill, who was conscious but disoriented, according to troopers.
Hill was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and then flown by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was in fair condition on Thursday.
Hoover and her dog were not hurt.