HORRIFIC FATAL CRASH ON POPLAR
Elyria – A crash on Poplar Street near Elyria Catholic High School has claimed the life of one victim and sent four others to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Poplar and Brandston just east of Gulf Road early Saturday morning.
The driver of a Ford Focus was traveling south on Brandston from his home with 3 friends in his car. The driver was attempting to cross Poplar when the driver of a blue Chevy Malibu crashed into the driver’s side door of the Focus. The impact threw the Focus 150 feet pinning 3 of the four occupants.
The 21 year old driver of the Malibu told Police at the scene that he had been drinking prior to the crash and that he was traveling approximately 60 MPH on Poplar.
A back seat passenger was able to get out of the car just after the crash and ran for help. The remaining 3 victims inside of the car had to have Elyria Firefighters cut the car apart to free them.
Two helicopters from Metro LifeFlight landed in the parking lot of Elyria Catholic and assisted treating the victims while other helicopters, one from Toledo, responded to Elyria Memorial for the other victims.
Even with the combined efforts of the 5 LifeCare ambulances, the Metro LifeFlight Medical Team and Elyria Firefighters the driver of the Focus did not survive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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