Sunday, January 13, 2008

POLICE: “extremely high rate of speed”

Amherst Police report today that a Lorain County Deputy witnessed the two-car crash that occurred in their city early Sunday morning.

Officers from Amherst Police Department were dispatched just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning for a reported crash involving one vehicle on its side. When Officers arrived they discovered a black Pontiac Grand Prix, still occupied by a male driver who was pinned in the vehicle. The car was resting on the driver’s side facing southbound in the westbound exit ramp of State Route 2.

Initial reports reveal that a Lorain County Deputy had just observed the Grand Prix traveling at an “extremely high rate of speed” as it traveled northbound on Leavitt Road. The driver lost control of the Grand Prix as he approached the intersection of the State Route 2 westbound exit ramp, rolled over and struck a Ford Explorer that was stopped at the same intersection facing southbound on Leavitt Road.

The driver of the Grand Prix has been identified as 36-year-old Francis P. Monaco of Cleveland. LifeCare Paramedics pronounced Monaco dead at the scene. Monaco was not wearing his seatbelt.

Police say that once the Grand Prix came to final rest, the passenger was able to get out on her own. The passenger has been identified as 34-year-old Jennifer Merrell of Amherst. Merrell, who Police believe was wearing her seatbelt, was treated by LifeCare Paramedics and Amherst Firefighters for minor injuries and transported to Community Health Partners.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was also treated and transported by LifeCare Ambulance to Community Health Partners.

Amherst Firefighters had to stabilize the Grand Prix before extricating Monaco from the car.

Police say that alcohol is believed to be a factor, but to what extent is unknown until the Coroners lab reports are available.

This incident remains under investigation by the Amherst Police Department.

To see more photos from the scene: CLICK HERE
Remember if you are driving and see an accident scene ahead, “SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER”. Allow Police, Fire, EMS and Tow Services to do their jobs without becoming a victim.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Monaco's family.
Hopefully, someone will learn from this tragic event not to drive at that high speed and possible impaired and endanger themselves and everyone else on the street. Patsy

9:40 PM  
Blogger janice said...

Frank you'll always be in our heart,Chyenne will never forget the great dad you were and always will be I LOVE YOU

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This goes out to any one knowing any information on this tagic night of the where abouts which bars Mr.Moaco was at that night he was killed in a car accident he was wrong for getting behind the wheel of his car while drinking but he has paid the ultimate price for what he has done but who ever was serving him knowingly he was drunk also should pay for letting him leave drunk and drive away. Now his family have to greive a loss of son ,brother and father so if any body knows where he was last serverd please post a comment his family deseves justice

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from my understanding they were dropped off at his car by anouther couple. the only blame here is on the Mr. Monaco hopefully the family can get through this. why does everybody think someone else should take resposablity for someone elses actions. he diceded to go out and drink he chose to get in his 3000 lb. weapon. THANK GOD no inocent people were killed or more severlly hurt

5:23 PM  

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