A head-on crash took the life of a 49-year-old Wellington woman late Wednesday on Rt. 58 just north of Webster Road, and investigators suspect alcohol played a role.
Christine Weeks died at the scene of the crash, which happened shortly after 9:30 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
She had been driving a 2013 Dodge Journey, heading south when a 2004 Jeep Liberty coming from the other direction went left of center, state troopers said.
The collision seriously injured the driver of the Jeep, 25-year-old Raymond Mckissick of Lorain, who was pried from the vehicle and flown to University Hospital in Cleveland.
Mckissick was in and out of consciousness and was never fully aware of what was going on, said Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee.
Because Mckissick was was pinned in the vehicle by the steering column, extracting him from the wreckage took about half an hour — what crews consider a very long rescue.
“They did a lot of work to get the driver out of the vehicle and a lot of his injuries are blunt trauma from him being pinned in the vehicle, just everything being pushed into him,” said Wetherbee.
Mckissick’s passenger, Tristen Truelson, 21, of Columbia Station, was taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin to be treated for minor injuries.
Wetherbee said Truelson was thrown from the Jeep. “Him being ejected, I wouldn’t say saved his life, but probably reduced his injuries,” he said.
According to the fire chief, the cars were totally destroyed by the force of the impact. They hit each other and spun, landing pointed facing in opposite directions.
The Dodge came to a rest off the road and the Jeep remained on the pavement.
The Ohio Department of Transportation closed Rt. 58 and detoured traffic for several hours while the chopper landed and crews cleaned up the scene.
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