MOTHER INJURED IN ROLL OVER
THREE SMALL CHILDREN ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY
Penfield – Driver “inattention” was the cause of a single car roll over on Route 18 in Penfield Township late Saturday afternoon.
Captain Jim Clark of the Wellington Fire District said that one adult and three small children were in the Ford Explorer at the time of the crash. “When we arrived all four people had already been removed by neighbors. Witnesses told us that the three small children were all properly restrained, hanging upside down and all unharmed.”
Trooper Clifton Dowell of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that Jodi Unangst of Wellington was traveling west on Route 18 at the time of the crash. “Traffic ahead of her was slowing while a car was attempting to make a left hand turn into a private driveway. Looks like it was possibly driver inattention – before she ran into the rear of a vehicle she swerved to the right to avoid hitting the car. She went off in a ditch then came back on the roadway – went back off the right side of the road and that is when she over turned and rolled the vehicle.”
Trooper Dowell said that Unangst suffered minor to moderate injuries while all of the children were unharmed. Although the crash remains under investigation Dowell said that Unangst will be charged with Failure to Control.
Captain Clark pointed out how this crash shows how important it is for children to all be properly secured in their car seats. “Everyone of these children, ages 1 to 4 years, were properly restrained and they all escaped this crash unharmed. Had they not been properly restrained, I would hate to see what the outcome would have been.”
Two weeks prior, to the day, TMCNEWS.NET spent the morning at the Wellington Fire District main Station on Kelly Street as they conducted a child car seat safety inspection. To see that story: CLICK HERE
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