TWO CRITICAL – ONE MINOR
Sheffield Township – Two people are critical and one minor after a head on collision Tuesday morning on South Broadway near 44th Street in Sheffield Township.
Trooper Joran Cottom of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that the driver of a white Chevy pickup truck was traveling southbound on Broadway, in the right lane just prior to the crash. “The driver stated that he swerved to miss hitting a person on a bicycle that was in the roadway. The driver went from the right lane to the left and then left of center at which time he struck the black Chrysler that was traveling in the northbound lane.”
The impact spun both vehicles and sent the black Pacifica into a yard and left the pickup truck facing north on Broadway. With heavy damage to the vehicles Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the victims.
Both drivers, each in critical condition, had to be taken to the football field at Clearview High School where they were met by two helicopters. Both were flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
A passenger who received non-life threatening injuries was treated and transported by squad to Avon Emergency Care Center.
Trooper Cottom said that the crash is still under investigation.
Sheffield Township received mutual aid from Elyria Township and Lorain Fire Department.
The names of the victims have been released. The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica was Garfield Elementary School Teacher Naomi Pagan.
The driver of the white pickup truck was 47 year old Joe Poyna of Strongsville. Poyna’s passenger was 20 year old Matt Poyma also of Strongsville.