Friday, March 11, 2011


Amherst – Police have released details of the multi-vehicle crash that took the life of an Amherst man Thursday night.

Chief Joseph Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department said his department received the call at 7:30 p.m. of a crash involving multiple vehicles on Route 2 between Route 58 and Oak Point Road. According to Kucirek two vehicles were westbound and two were eastbound.

Vehicle 1, 1996 Chevy Silverado, was driven by Richard Haag, age 60 of Amherst
Vehicle 2, 2000 GM Yukon, driven by Timothy McKenna, age 49 of Cleveland
Vehicle 3, 2010 Ford Escape, driven by Amber Hunker, age 32 of Lorain
Vehicle 4, 2001 Dodge Durango, driven by Maggie Woodrum, age 49 of Oberlin

Preliminary indications reveal the following:
Vehicle 1 and 4 were both westbound on SR 2. Vehicle 1 struck the rear of Vehicle 4. Vehicle 1 then crossed the median into eastbound traffic and was struck on the passenger side by Vehicle 2. Vehicle 3 then struck the back of Vehicle 2.

Haag was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain by LifeCare Paramedics but was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room.

McKenna was transported to Amherst Hospital Emergency Room by LifeCare Paramedics and was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Those in the other two vehicles refused treatment at the scene.

Kucirek said the only victim not wearing a seatbelt was Haag.

The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated. It is unknown if alcohol and/or any medical issues played a part in the accident. The Lorain County Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death for Haag.

Ohio State Patrol assisted in the accident reconstruction process.

SR 2 EB lane was shut down for approximately 4 hours.

Officers worked to get vehicles and small trucks turned around in the EB lane and head back to the entrance ramp at Oak Point Road. This was complete around 10:30 PM. Semi traffic was unable to turn around and was delayed until the road was reopened. This involved about 12 semi trucks.


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