Saturday, October 27, 2007


Bill Erick was sleeping pretty soundly late Friday night in his Butternut Ridge Road home, when a crashing noise woke him up. “I heard this really loud crash and I got out of bed to see what was going on, I figured it had to be pretty close with how loud it was. When I looked out my window, there they were in the side yard and a guy was laying on my driveway.”

Erick called 9-1-1 who dispatched Carlisle Township Firefighters and LifeCare Paramedics. One Carlisle Firefighter lives across the street so he was on scene rendering care immediately to the passenger who was lying on the driveway.
Trooper Lance Deshuk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that prior to the crash the two people inside the car were having an altercation. “Right now it appears that the driver and passenger were eastbound on Butternut Ridge Road, the two were in the midst of an altercation, some type of verbal argument at which time the driver stated that the passenger grabbed the wheel. The passenger steered the vehicle off the left side of the roadway between a tree and a home and in fact struck a tree about 40 feet off the roadway.”

LifeCare transported the 20-year-old male passenger to Elyria Memorial Hospital. The 17-year-old female driver refused treatment or transport. Metro LifeFlight flew the male to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland from EMH.

Trooper Deshuk said that although the crash is still under investigation they would be pursuing charges against the passenger for his grabbing the wheel and interfering with the driver.

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