Saturday, November 22, 2008

WOMAN PLOWS INTO 6-PARKED CARS

Elyria – A woman driving on Broad Street through downtown Elyria Saturday night drove into a line of cars parked on the side of the road.

Ray Hanini owns Hanini’s Sub & Corned Beef shop on Broad Street between East Ave and Washington Ave. – he and his employees said they heard the crash and ran outside. “It was crazy to see the damage – there was a truck up on the sidewalk right next door and busted up cars were everywhere.”

Robin Redel was standing outside of the Tattoo Lounge and watched as the crash happened. “We saw her coming from East Ave towards us (westbound) in the eastbound lane. She had to be going between 40 & 45 MPH. Then when she got near Hanini’s a car passed her going the opposite way and that’s when she veered left and into the cars.”

When the woman’s car struck the first car the rest fell like dominos. Cars and trucks were thrown around with a Ford Explorer ending up on the sidewalk near the entrance to Bugsy’s. The woman’s car came to rest in the center of Broad Street – Redel, a former EMT, ran to provide aid to the driver. “I could tell that she seemed out of it before she even struck the first car and when I got to her she was very confused. She said she wasn’t aware of the crash and wasn’t sure where she was, although I think she might have been coming from school cause she was wearing a college ID around her neck.”

An Elyria Police Officer who was traveling on Broad Street rolled up on the crash just after it happened and called for an ambulance.

LifeCare Paramedics and Elyria Firefighters responded to the scene and treated the woman. Paramedics then transported her to Elyria Memorial Hospital.

Broad Street remained closed for about an hour, between Washington Ave and East Ave, while Elyria Police Officers worked to put the pieces of the puzzle together and Mug’s Towing Technicians worked to pull the cars apart and off the sidewalk.

The crash remains under investigation.


PHOTO GALLERY

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know i have been following TMC NEWS since the beginning and have found that 95% of the accident photos that are taken do not show pictures of the towing company, unless of course are Vaughns Towing or D & A towing. The truth of the matter is that the towing contractors are a very important part of an accident scene with out them the cars would just sit there in the middle of the road. So share the spot light let the public see that the rest of the towing contractors work just as hard if not harder.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody wants to see tow trucks.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous DAVE VAUGHN JR. said...

DAVE VAUGHN JR SAYS... well im not sure which towing firm your with not having cahoonas enough to identify yourself,but i got a pretty good idea who you are,the crybaby that hasnt been towing long but assumes he owns lorain county now and should have what its taken us all these years to achieve or the guy who use to work for us,but either way,you havent been following this site all that well,or your blind,instead of running your mouth as usual,how about going through tmcs archives,reading the articles,viewing the pics,i did before i responded,i see elyria towing trucks,dons,dunlaps,freds,richs,ernies,protech,and others,hell,thers three towing comp pics in this months article on the rt 58 crash,maybe terry doesnt run and shoot a pic of the name on every door of every truck that rolls up on scene big deal,do you here other ambulance comp on here,or fire depts boohooing,no,so he takes pics of me or dad working,get over it,#1 weve knowed terry over 20 yrs,#2 he likes our work as well as the way we work with other towing comp on scene,you know,get the job done,he probably doesnt take action shots of you,[anonymous]cause your not there to do a job,your out there for a photo shoot,boy did you pick the wrong line of work,i will tell you like i tell anybody else when they make some smartass comment about this site,THIS IS A WORKING MANS WEBSITE,TRY WORKING INSTEAD OF GRIPING AND MAYBE YOULL SEE YOURSELF ON HERE,not one time have we ever ask terry to take a pic,not ounce have we had him mention our name,and i sure didnt go out and change the whole appearence of my truck just to get it on this site,but it did make me happy to read your comment on here,we gotta be doing something right for you to be on here bitching,as far as our job being just as hard if not harder,well if you were any kind of tow operator at all,you would know its not that the job is hard for the towing industry,its the fact out of all emergency resp on scene we have the most unsafe part,a lot of times when police fire and emts are on scene they have the road shut down till there job is complete,when its our turn to do our job there gone,they have red and blue lts,we have amber,in which nobody pays attention to cause all the people that have amber lts run them down the road for no reason,so the general public has become immune to amber cause they see it everywhere,there are more tow truck drivers killed per year than police and fireman combined,why dont you try to put your efforts more towards something like that,instead of coming on here crying,i dont care if terry never takes a pic of us out on scene or not.dad and i do a very good job at what we do,even stuff others couldnt,i dont need somebody to take pics to show this,anybody that knows us will verify that from exp on scene with us,whether it be pd fire emts,we tow for nine different pds so your gonna see us out,have you went to the chronicle or journal to complain yet,i mean weve been in there plenty as well over thirty+ years,oh wait a minute,you knew we were freinds with terry so it was easier to come on here and try to make an ass out of him and us then hide behind anonymous,grow up,i hope terry will be on here to defend himself,this is one of the best websites in lorain county,many people depend on it,then some just wanna use it to wine,maybe terry will put a special cheese section on here for you.i love what i do im good at what i do i dont need pics to prove it

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAVE VAUGHN JR.SAYS i love coming on here and seeing some crybaby who is in the same business as we are in is on here putting our names in big bold letters,trying to make the world think were some kind of bad guy out here paying terry to come out here and take our pics,well lets straighten this out right now,this comment was put on here by another service or there employee that thinks there our competition,both of which recently[past few years]got into towing,and are still upset cause they havent managed to get our accounts no matter how hard they try,so the next best thing is to go on a local website and cry,#1 not one time have we ever asked terry to take our pics or put them on his site,#2a lot of times terry is at his other job so he cant come out,so i take pics,[most of which i send him do not have us or our trucks in them]because i really enjoy this site as well as many others from lorain county,plus i really enjoy taking pics[at which im pretty good at as well]some of us come on here to read the site some come to cry,hiding behind anonymous,for you i am talking to terry about a special cheese section,so you can have it to go with your whine,as far as your begining statemant "you know i have been following TMC NEWS since the beginning and have found that 95% of the accident photos that are taken do not show pictures of the towing company",well you havent been following to well,instead of bitching,go through the archives,i see pics of plenty of other wreckers,elyria towing,[to which is mentioned in quite a few articles],dons,richs,dunlaps,protech,bauers,as well as others,so he doesnt run up take a pic of your truck,interview you on the seen,boohoo,you aint there for a photo shoot,or maybe by the sounds of your comment you are,me im there to do a job,my dad,hes there to do a job,ely tow again,there to do a job,while your still at home putting on your makeup and doing your hair the proff are already there doing our job,hey maybe thats why you dont see yourself on here,one company even went as far as to change the appearence of his truck cause he didnt like the way it looked on here,maybe the person who wrote this comment in regards to us,because he thinks he should own lorain county,well im sorry,its taken my dad over thirty+ years to get where hes at and ive worked just as hard,then people like you walk in and think you should have it overnight,you cant get it so you go out and try to bash us any chance you get,well all that does is make it worse on you,we dont really advertise,and dont have to,go out and take care of your people dont bash others and all the advertisemant you need woll come word of mouth,you want the spotlight case this job is so hard,its not that the jobs hard,its the fact its dangerous,there are more tow operators killed per year than fire or police combined,so if you want to spend your time complaining lets go do it on enforcing the move over law and making our lives safer,have you went to the chronicle or journal yet making complaints,cause were on there as well,have been many times over the past thirty+ years,channel 3,5,8,19,43,i mean how far you want to take this,oh they probably wouldnt let you be anonymous so you came here where you could hide,grow some cahoonas,yes we are a very important part of accident scenes,most people know that,i dont believe they think the ambulance crew throws the vehicles in the back of there truck and takes them with them,you want the spotlight move to hollywood,but leave mine and my dads name out,there is enough emergency personel on scene that know the kind of job we do that i dont need pics to prove it,dad and i are good at what we do,proud of what we do,and many years expierienced at what we do,so if you dont like it to bad,if you dont like our pics on here,stop coming on this site which is free,and start buying the paper,bet you wont find half of whats going on in lorain county like you do on this site,my two cents worth,try not being so jealous itll make you feel better at the end of the day,maybe in thirty years people of the county will have the same respect for you as the towing companys that have served this county for many years,like DUNLAPS,FRITZ,VAUGHNS,L+M,DONS,ELYRIA TOWING,FREDS,WHITES,ETC ,IVE PROBABLY MISSED A FEW BUT YOU GET THE GENERAL IDEA.just friday theres an article it shows three wrecker services,try looking before speaking,we send work to other towing companys,work with them and the same in return,its not always competition,its safety,and good working relationships that are important out here,if my vehicle is out of traffic and another company shows up to get one thats in traffic,i will let mine sit so i can help them get the road clear and take away the dangers of them being out in traffic,i have had other towing companys stop to see if we need help,or stop pick up a broom,help us sweep,as well we have done the same for them,thats the way proffesionals work,others go to a blog and whine DAVE VAUGHN JR.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Looking EMT in the blue!

4:15 PM  
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4:21 PM  
Blogger davidv440 said...

DAVE VAUGHN JR.SAYS i love coming on here and seeing some crybaby who is in the same business as we are in is on here putting our names in big bold letters,trying to make the world think were some kind of bad guy out here paying terry to come out here and take our pics,well lets straighten this out right now,this comment was put on here by another service or there employee that thinks there our competition,both of which recently[past few years]got into towing,and are still upset cause they havent managed to get our accounts no matter how hard they try,so the next best thing is to go on a local website and cry,#1 not one time have we ever asked terry to take our pics or put them on his site,#2a lot of times terry is at his other job so he cant come out,so i take pics,[most of which i send him do not have us or our trucks in them]because i really enjoy this site as well as many others from lorain county,plus i really enjoy taking pics[at which im pretty good at as well]some of us come on here to read the site some come to cry,hiding behind anonymous,for you i am talking to terry about a special cheese section,so you can have it to go with your whine,as far as your begining statemant "you know i have been following TMC NEWS since the beginning and have found that 95% of the accident photos that are taken do not show pictures of the towing company",well you havent been following to well,instead of bitching,go through the archives,i see pics of plenty of other wreckers,elyria towing,[to which is mentioned in quite a few articles],dons,richs,dunlaps,protech,bauers,as well as others,so he doesnt run up take a pic of your truck,interview you on the seen,boohoo,you aint there for a photo shoot,or maybe by the sounds of your comment you are,me im there to do a job,my dad,hes there to do a job,ely tow again,there to do a job,while your still at home putting on your makeup and doing your hair the proff are already there doing our job,hey maybe thats why you dont see yourself on here,one company even went as far as to change the appearence of his truck cause he didnt like the way it looked on here,maybe the person who wrote this comment in regards to us,because he thinks he should own lorain county,well im sorry,its taken my dad over thirty+ years to get where hes at and ive worked just as hard,then people like you walk in and think you should have it overnight,you cant get it so you go out and try to bash us any chance you get,well all that does is make it worse on you,we dont really advertise,and dont have to,go out and take care of your people dont bash others and all the advertisemant you need woll come word of mouth,you want the spotlight case this job is so hard,its not that the jobs hard,its the fact its dangerous,there are more tow operators killed per year than fire or police combined,so if you want to spend your time complaining lets go do it on enforcing the move over law and making our lives safer,have you went to the chronicle or journal yet making complaints,cause were on there as well,have been many times over the past thirty+ years,channel 3,5,8,19,43,i mean how far you want to take this,oh they probably wouldnt let you be anonymous so you came here where you could hide,grow some cahoonas,yes we are a very important part of accident scenes,most people know that,i dont believe they think the ambulance crew throws the vehicles in the back of there truck and takes them with them,you want the spotlight move to hollywood,but leave mine and my dads name out,there is enough emergency personel on scene that know the kind of job we do that i dont need pics to prove it,dad and i are good at what we do,proud of what we do,and many years expierienced at what we do,so if you dont like it to bad,if you dont like our pics on here,stop coming on this site which is free,and start buying the paper,bet you wont find half of whats going on in lorain county like you do on this site,my two cents worth,try not being so jealous itll make you feel better at the end of the day,maybe in thirty years people of the county will have the same respect for you as the towing companys that have served this county for many years,like DUNLAPS,FRITZ,VAUGHNS,L+M,DONS,ELYRIA TOWING,FREDS,WHITES,ETC ,IVE PROBABLY MISSED A FEW BUT YOU GET THE GENERAL IDEA.just friday theres an article it shows three wrecker services,try looking before speaking,we send work to other towing companys,work with them and the same in return,its not always competition,its safety,and good working relationships that are important out here,if my vehicle is out of traffic and another company shows up to get one thats in traffic,i will let mine sit so i can help them get the road clear and take away the dangers of them being out in traffic,i have had other towing companys stop to see if we need help,or stop pick up a broom,help us sweep,as well we have done the same for them,thats the way proffesionals work,others go to a blog and whine

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you tell em dave

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Dave, sounds like the guy that posted first is salty because he runs some scrub service outta his garage. Vaughns is one of the most professional services in lorain county.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually agree with what Dave said but.................wow!!!

How long have you had that building up inside of you Dave?

I just have one thing to say: Stress relief!! Don't let it get that bad that you ramble on and on and on and on and on and on and on and....

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TMC news--- Not related to this story, but a loyal reader. How is Captain Dave Ignazzio doing from Elyria Fire? Everything work out ok with him?

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice looking EMT? Hello.... are you that desparate? I can see barely a 1/3 of her face and body in these pictures. Talk about trying to not sound desparate!!!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is it alwaays lifecare ambulance on tmcnews??? never north central...

9:05 PM  
Blogger becky said...

Becky Milks says, I have to agree with Dave. My husband works for Elyria Towing and he does the same thing that Dave was talking about. The majority of these men do this job because they enjoy it and are not out there trying to get a picture or name in the paper. These guys do it because so many others won't. Mr Anonymous please put a name to your "anonymous" so that I and other citizens know who wants the publicity in this line of work so we know who not to call on. I would rather see compnaies out doing their jobs than hearing someone bitch on a blog site. I have known Dave and his dad for several years now and I know that they do not care about a picture on this site of them, they only care that the job was done and at the end of the day everyone was safe and able to return home to their families. I have been following TMC for a long time now and personally know that Terry has and will continue to post pictures of accident scenes with the Tow Truck companies name showing weither it be Vaughn's, D&A, Elyria, Don's, etc...I think that instead of bitching and moaning you should try to get out there and work with all these guys from these companies. Once you do this I bett you would find out that they are a bunch of great guys that are willing to help easch other out and not complain on who got what picture posted where or who did not get a picture at all. There has been plenty of times that individual guys from Elyria Towing have been pictured on this site without even a truck in view.
Another thing that I have to agree with Dave on is you should not be worried about who is pictured and who is not; instead you should worry about who is safe or not. There has been several of guys from Elyria Towing hit on the side of the road. Notice how I said Elyria Towing instead of Dave being hit. I didn't want to hurt your poor feelings for giving him or his dad the spotlight. Nobody ever really hears about when our men get hurt unless they almost lose their life like Dave did. I think you should be stressing the point to move over and obey the laws and keep our men safe instead of whine whine whine I missed a photo shoot. Becky Milks

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knotts towing complaining?

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets remember who the REAL heros out there are Police, EMS, Fire, and the Ghostbusters!

11:30 PM  
Blogger davidv440 said...

NO KNOTTS DOESNT CARE,HE DOES HIS OWN THING AND LEAVES US ALONE,THIS COMES FROM A GUY THATS NEW TO TOWING AND HASNT LEARNED TO WORK WELL WITH OTHERS IN THE PROFFESION YET,HES A NEWBY AND THINKS IT SHOULD ALL BE HANDED TO HIM OVERNIGHT,YES I DID GO ON,ON,ON IT HAS BEEN BUILDING UP FOR A WHILE,I GO OUT TO A SEEN WITH THIS GUY HE WANTS TO STAND AND CURSE AT ME,TALK TO ME LIKE A DOG,AND TREAT ME LIKE A TURD,IT DOESNT MATTER IF THE CUSTOMER,EMERGENCY PERSONEL OR OFFICER IS THERE,BUT I DONT SAY ANYTHING BACK,AND I THINK ITS STARTING TO GET TO HIM,WELL IM THERE TO DO A PROFFESSIONAL JOB,AND PROFFESSIONALISM ISNT STANDING AND CURSING YOUR COMPETITOR,THERES A TIME AND A PLACE,ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ISNT IT.HES SUCH A TOUGH GUY WHEN THERES PEOPLE AROUND,BUT HE WONT CONFRONT ME OUTSIDE OF A WORK SCENE,HECK IVE DELIVERED A FORKLIFT RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO HIS BUSINESS FOUR TIME IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS,IF HE REALLY HAS THIS BIG OF A PROBLEM HE COULD HAVE CONFRONTED ME THEN WHEN NOBODY WAS AROUND BUT US,INSTEAD ITS KINDA LIKE HIS ANONYMOUS,HED RATHER HIDE,THE OFFICERS MAY NOT BE DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS AND LET IT GO ON BUT I AM GOING TO START GETTING IT ON VIDEO AND TAKE IT TO THE PROSECUTOR AND CHARGE HIM WITH MENACING,RATHER THAN LET IT GET PHYSICAL,THEN I WILL FILE WHAT I CAN ON THE TROOPERS THAT LET IT OCCUR WITH NO REPROCUTIONS,I AM TIRED OF THESE ROMPER ROOM GAMES FROM PEOPLE LIKE THIS,YOU GOT A PROBLEM QUIT HIDING MAN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!1

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could someone please tell me were you see a pic of a tow truck with a name on it. all i seem to see is a small piece of a flatbed.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

North Central...???Common get serious....Nice EMT? What a loser...She's a student.....With a interesting day job...Dave..you rock...

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NICE JOB VAUGHNS,, YOU STILL WORKING ON LIFECARES AMBULANCES? I SEE THE CONNECTION......LATOR!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for your information vaughns and d&a are too seperate companys who vaughns or d&A or any other company does buisness with is none of your buisness unless you are part of them if you think they (vaughns) won't take legal action you best think again they pride themselves on being professional
discreate and protecting the privacy of their clients. it is apperant to me that you don't have their standards or you are stalking them otherwise how would you know so much about their buisness? by the way i think their great

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the car going in the opposite direction of this accident on saturday evening. I still can't believe it happened. It happened so fast. I looked up ahead and saw a cars lights on the wrong side of the street in front of me. For a minute, I thought it was parked until I realized it was moving towards me. I swerved around her just in time, or else this story might have contained two fatalities from one head-on collision. I've been searching the newspaper to find out if she was drunk or just sick and passed out. I'm grateful that I made it home that night, because just like that my life could have ended.

1:11 PM  
Blogger becky said...

Becky Milks says, Dave and his Dad are very respectful people in the Lorain County community, I do not think that what companies or departments they do work with should be looked at as if they are bribbing people for publicity or something. I think that tat this point and time everyone needs to realize that regardless of who works for who or who does what towing that the only thing people should remember is that Dave, his dad, and my husband are all out there each and everyday putting their lives in jeporday so that a person on the side of the road in need can get home to their loved ones. I am speking for my husband and alot of other towmen out there when I say they do not do it for the publicity or the adviertisment, they are doing it because it is their life, runs in their blood, and they love doing their job. All of these men have helped spmeone without charging them for the service. I hope that when you go to bed tonight you are able to say you made a difference in somebodies life today or that you made them happy somehow. I know that Dave, his dad, and my husband Joe all will be able to go to bed tonight knowing that they have done so and could careless wht the pay was if any. I believe that when it comes to the point that someones line of work or commitment is coming down to a anonymous person judging them than the anonymous one needs to look in the mirror and have a realality check. Mr. Anonymous you need to get a life and stop trying to judge people and maybe you would be pictured on this site if you cared about the people you help instead of your wallet or fame.
Now I have gone on enough about that there is something else on my mind that I would like to post.
It is coming into the holiday seasons this year and I would like each and everyone of you reading this to thank the loved ones around you for everything they have done and are doing. We as Americans take so much for granted and never sit back and think of the true meaning of the holidays. I want each of you to sit back and say I am greatful of thankful for something. At this time of the year each and every night my husband comes home I am thankful and relieved that he survived another day on the side of the road. This is the scariest time of the year for me not knowing if he will be home or not because of the snow, ice, etc...I hope that each person out their gives thanks to our men in the towtrucks at this time of the uear every year. We as a community need to recognize how muxh these men are in danger each and everyday and personally thank them for that and also move over when we see them on the side of the highway. I do not want to be the wife of a towtruck driver that lost his life because of someone not obeying the law; nor do I want to be a good friend of Dave's or his dad having to sit back and watch their families going through this if this were to happen. So please pay attention and move over for the AMBER lights and not just the red and blue. Thank you, Becky

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dave nice work bud thanks for the part for my ford. but i need a new d/a shirt mine is a bit old. this is chris by the way

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't the student wearing her bright green reflective vest??? It's terribly unsafe for her to be out there without one. I can't believe the LifeCare crews would be so irresponsible as to let a student be unsafe at the scene of an accident.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to whoever just posted the vest comment.......get a life and stop trying to be the reflective vest police

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bet the vest comment was from some loney loser who sits at home with his scanner and watches the real heros from afar. GET A LIFE.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't the student wearing her bright green reflective vest??? It's terribly unsafe for her to be out there without one. I can't believe the LifeCare crews would be so irresponsible as to let a student be unsafe at the scene of an accident.

... well, it sure was safe just a month or two ago not to have the "wonder-vests" on. What changed?? (other than the federal regulation? :) )

What a toad...

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of arguing let's get back to what is really important here... Getting rid of the vests

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of arguing let's get back to what is really important here... Getting rid of the vests

No argument here - it's that we are all up against the federal nanny-state regulation. We can wish-them-away all we want, but unfortunately they're here to stay.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the vest rock! I hope they make us wear Lime Green pants next! Im going to see if i can special order a Lime Green speedo so i can be super safe!

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the vests are only mandatory on federally funded roads and highways.

I am starting a website called behind the green neon dot com.

It will posts the little known facts (they don't want you to know)on when in fact the vests do not have to be worn.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to throw kudos to Vaughn's and D&A towing. They are good hearted people. I personally know each of them. They truely help people in need, without dollar signs as their primary goal. Keep up the good work and don't let the evil doers get you down. He will have to answer for his actions later.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, Vaughns & D&A towing are both good on scene. Professional, helpful, and stay out of the way of EMS, Fire, Police, Swat, State Highway Patrol whatever...

Second, they are the companies that show up the quickest.

Third, ever wonder who the city of Elyria contracts for towing? Most cities have a call list.

Fourth, the green vests and jackets Lifecare Ambulance wears are great. You can see them from a good distance and it gives drunk drivers something shiny to look at.

Great angles on the accident photos!!!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody said anything about fire or police not wearing vests....

Fire has reflective stripes on their turnout gear but police has zilch........

8:46 AM  

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