HIT SKIP ON CHESTNUT RIDGE RD
SUV FLIPS WITH FAMILY INSIDEElyria – An SUV loaded with 7 family members heading home after spending the night at a drive-in movie was struck by a small car on Chestnut Ridge Road at the intersection of South Abbe. The car came off of South Abbe and struck the SUV near the passenger side rear causing it to spin and roll over onto its side.
Witnesses say that immediately after the crash the driver of the small car backed up and drove west on Chestnut Ridge.
Shawn Lauderback was just one of several neighbors who rushed out of their house when they heard the crash. “As we were coming out the car that hit the SUV was already heading away from the crash so we just ran to see if we could help. When we got to the car the people were trying to get out – so we helped get the car door open and then helped them get out.”
Lauderback said that as the family was getting out of their vehicle he was surprised to see the ages ranged from infant to adults. “It looked like the most serious injuries were just some cuts and bruises.”
LifeCare Paramedics treated and transported 3 victims with minor injuries while 4 others refused treatment or transport.
Police received a description of the car and searched the surrounding neighborhoods but were unable to locate the suspect.
Lauderback described the scene as scary and being part the group helping the family out was nerve-racking but said adrenaline took over. “When you hear the baby screaming and crying something takes over and you just do what needs to be done I guess.”