Saturday, June 16, 2007

ELYRIA TEEN KILLED IN CRASH

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that Jake P. Nolan, 18 of Elyria, was the driver of the Ford F-150 that crashed into the woods on Gore Orphanage Road late last night.

In a media release the State Patrol says that Nolan was southbound on Gore Orphanage when he “failed to negotiate a curve” around 12:30am. The truck then struck a guard rail and a tree before coming to rest deep in the woods. Nolan was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the truck. Nolan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Drug and alcohol use is unknown at this time. The State Patrol said the crash remains under investigation.

During a conversation with TMC NEWS late last night at the scene, Lt. Peterson from the State Patrol said that counting this crash the number of fatal crashes for Lorain County this year is 10, there were 27 total in 2006. “This is actually our 4th fatal crash up here in Vermilion, Henrietta Township so we are going to start a Problem Behavior Identification Zone; we’re going to start working a little more diligently in this northern corner.” Last year the State Patrol did the same program in the southern portion of the county after there were 14 fatal crashes in that area. To this point there has only been one fatal cash in the southern townships this year and that was involving the farm tractor.

Peterson said that in all 4 fatal crashes in the northern area involved “aggressive driving”. “In other words there was excessive speed involved, alcohol involved and these are the kinds of things that if we’re up here and we can maybe stop them through educational things, engineering things. It’s like this crash, is there anything we can do to make this a safer curve, maybe bring the county garage out and look at their signs to see if there is anything they can do with that.”

Stop signs or not Lt. Peterson said it always comes back to the driver. “It always comes down to the driver, driving within reasonable means that he can always stop whatever the situation might be.”

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Brian from South Amherst said...

Nice job reporting TMC. It is also nice to see that OSP is going to target the area up here in this area. It was the 2nd fatal accident in 2 nights!

8:47 PM  
Anonymous becky said...

I live in Henrietta just around the corner from where this accident happened. So many people think that just because these roads are back country roads that speed limits do not apply and just tear up and down the roads at ungodly speeds. It is a shame that so many lives have to be taken in this area and surrounding ones before something gets done about it. I hope that this opens up the eyes of these reckless drivers and makes them realize it could be themselves one of these times. My heart goes oout to the families that have lost these young lives this weekend. I think that we all need to stick together and work on this wreckless driving before it is ourselves. sons, daughters, grandkids, etc.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We knew Jake and are devastated by his death. Our hearts pour out to his parents and his brother Ryan.
Jake was a expert motocross rider and had many friends that loved him dearly.
Looking at these pictures is unbearable knowing that our friend Jake was in that truck.
Please pray for his family to give them strength in the coming days. They will never ever get over his loss. We love you Jake!
With Deepest Sympathy
Friends of Jake & the Nolan Family

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake's mother is a childhood friend of mine and we were pregnant with our son's at the same time, and it just rips my heart out that this happened. I can't stop crying. How do you ever get over the loss of your child? And the double whammy...his father spent father's day mourning his son...Jake's 19th birthday would have been on July 3rd. I pray God took him fast and he is at peace
This was so unfair

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jake was an amazing friend.... i can still hear is distinct laugh and the smile on his face when he would tease me... he had a big heart and i didnt agree with some of the things he used to do but i still have a huge space in my heart for him... this is the hardest thing i have had to go through( losing a close friend )i know that if he were here he would be making me laugh or bugging me to hang out again.... this was an awful birthday present... i love you Jake Patrick Nolan

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake was a great guy! He cared about everyone over himself. He was a great friend, cousin, brother, son, grandson, and nephew. He will be missed by many! I love you Jake you will always be in my heart!

You are our guardian angel Jake! Keep us safe!

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY DAUGHTER LOVED JAKE AND HE MADE HER SMILE. HIS DEATH HAS CHANGED HER LIFE FOREVER. NOW I CAN ONLY BE THERE ON THOSE DREARY DAYS THAT SEEM TO LAST FOREVER EVEN THREE MONTHS LATER.

I WANT HIS FAMILY TO KNOW THAT MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THEM. NO ONE SHOULD EVER HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE TO A CHILD THIS WAY.

JAKE IS TOGETHER FOREVER WITH GOD

MD'S MOTHER

10:17 PM  

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