Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Lorain County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant L. Silva said that the ATV crash at the Lorain County Fairgrounds late last night was probably caused by excessive speed and weather conditions. “We are still investigating but at this point it looks like he was going to fast for the conditions around that area with the recent rainfall.” Lieutenant L. Silva identified the driver of the ATV as Michael Zahurak, 46 of Southington, Ohio. His passenger has been identified as Kristen Ruble, 31 of Farmdale, Ohio. Both Zahurak and Ruble are concessionaires at this year’s Lorain County Fair.

Lieutenant L. Silva said they received the call of the crash at 12:25 a.m. early Tuesday morning. Wellington Fire District, Southern Lorain County EMS and the Sheriff’s Department responded. Ruble had been thrown approximately 8 to 10 feet when the ATV crashed but Zahurak was pinned under the ATV. Both were transported to Allen Medical Center in Oberlin by EMS. Zahurak was later transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by Ambulance instead of helicopter because of weather conditions. Zahurak is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Metro in critical condition.
Lorain County Fair President Ron Picworth said that although there are no written rules banning concessionaires from having ATV’s or Golf Carts on the property it is something that they try to discourage.


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