Sunday, June 12, 2011


The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Elyria Post investigation into the double fatal crash that happened on State Route 83 near milepost 5 in the Village of Grafton around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night continues at this hour.

Here is what Officials know now. Thomas Tomasheski, 38 of Valley City was operating his 2010 Honda Civic southbound on State Route 83 with his wife and 2 children in the car.

Gerald Wetherbee Jr., 35 of Oberlin was traveling northbound on State Route 83 in his 2004 KIA Optima when the right side tires of his vehicle went off the right side of the road. Wetherbee then over-corrected causing his vehicle to cross over the centerline, striking Tomasheski's vehicle head-on.

Tomasheski was responsive but sustained internal injuries and was transported to Cleveland Metro Hospital for surgery. His 13-year old daughter Danielle was unresponsive and transported to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital for surgery.

His wife Tammy, age 36 sustained open fractures and internal injuries. She was transported to Cleveland Metro Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. His son Thomas III, 11-years old was pronounced dead at the scene.

All four were wearing seatbelts.

Wetherbee sustained open fractures and was transported to Cleveland Metro Hospital. Troopers say it is unclear if Wetherbee was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Alcohol and or drugs were a contributing factor according to the report by the State Patrol.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't usually have such anger and haterd in my heart but why is it the **%hole that was under the influance that destoyed a family of four survies?

10:49 AM  
Anonymous John and Carla Harbert said...

My neighbors are the grandparents of the children and I saw them as I passed the house on Saturday, they were having a garage sale. Our Hearts go out to Tom and family over the loss of a grandson and daughter-in-law. Our prayers are with young Tom and Danielle for a speedy recovery.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to this family. I agree that it is the ones under the influance that survive these horrible accidents, but the laws allow them to continue to have a licence. Doesn't make since to me. Give them a yellow and red licence plate and send them back out on the road. Things need to change.

8:19 AM  

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