Monday, December 26, 2011


New Russia Township – One man is dead and six people were injured Monday around 3:45 after a 2 car collision on Route 20, about 2 miles east of Route 25.

Sergeant Paul March of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said 71 year old Gary Gordon of Warrensville Heights was traveling westbound on Route 20 in a 1991 Cadillac when he went left of center striking 43 year old Jerry Moon Sr. of Wellington who was traveling eastbound in a 2004 Kia Sedona minivan. “Eye witnesses to the crash support the physical evidence that the Cadillac traveled left of center causing the crash.”

Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics of Central Lorain County Ambulance District. Moon was traveling with 5 other people in the van; all were transported to area hospitals. Moon suffered the most serious injuries in the van was taken to Cleveland while the remaining victims were taken to Elyria Memorial and Mercy Allen in Oberlin. The other five victims in the minivan, all of Wellington, were 38-year-old Shelly Moon, 16-year-old Jerry Moon Jr., 10-year-old Neal Hergina, 14-year-old Paige Hergina, and 15-year-old Madeline Ingram. Troopers say none of the 6 people in the minivan were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Jerry Moon Sr. was released from the hospital late Monday night.

Route 20 between Route 511 & Route 58 was shut down in both directions for several hours.

Oberlin Firefighters had to cut the roof and other parts from the Cadillac that Gordon was driving in order to extricate him for the Coroner.

Oberlin Firefighters and Central Lorain County Ambulance District Paramedics were first on scene to treat the victims. LifeCare Ambulance provided mutual aid with 2 additional ambulances and a Supervisor. South Amherst Firefighters covered the Oberlin Fire station in case Oberlin had another crash of fire call. Oberlin Police, Lorain County Metro Parks Rangers and the Ohio Department of Transportation assisted in securing the roadway for rescue crews and Troopers to work.

Alcohol and or drug use is unknown at this time and the accident remains under investigation.



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