CAR CRASHES INTO CHURCH – DRIVER AND 5 CHILDREN INJURED
Sheffield Township – A total of six people were taken to the hospital Saturday night after a crash on South Broadway and Cooper Foster Park Road.
State Troopers say 26 year old Jose A Guerra of Lorain was traveling south on Broadway when he went left of center in a black Ford Fusion. The car went off the road striking a mailbox and continued south through yards striking a couple of sign posts and another mailbox before entering the parking lot of Broadway Assembly Church. Debris was strewn across the church lot leading to where the car struck the northwest corner of the building. That portion of the building is the “children’s room” and Church workers say three children had just left that room moments before the crash.
Sheffield Township Firefighters arrived to find Guerra and 5 children injured. A mutual aid request went out bringing in Firefighters from Elyria Township and Sheffield Village to assist with the victims.
According to the State Patrol 3 of the 5 children, ranging in age from 6 to 14, were seriously injured while the other two received minor injuries. Guerra, who was walking around at the scene decided to go by ambulance to be evaluated as well. AT least one of the children was flown by Toledo LifeFlight from Mercy Hospital to Cleveland Metro.
The Patrol stated that although Guerra said he was belted in, several of the children were unrestrained.
The crash remains under investigation but Troopers do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Guerra does not have a valid driver’s license. According to court records Guerra has an extensive driving record including speeding, excessive noise-stereo and numerous operating a vehicle without a license.
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