Cars crunch at rural intersection


By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com



Firefighter Melissa Fuquay tends to Carlos the dog, who was in the Ford Fusion at the time of the crash.


Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Jerry Bauer of Bauer’s Service and Towing loads Ashley Christman’s Ford Fusion onto the bed of his truck.


Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Josh Grimm gets Donna Pflaum’s statement after the crash.


Donna Pflaum’s Ford Focus was struck on the front passenger door after she tried to cross Rt. 58 without realizing the road wasn’t clear.


A T-bone crash sent two people to the hospital around 12:30 p.m. Friday with minor injuries.

Distracted by a tractor ahead of her, Donna Pflaum of Wellington was struck when she piloted her Ford Focus into the intersection of routes 58 and 162.

Pflaum said she was following her husband, who was headed down Rt. 162 on a tractor. After making a stop at Rt. 58 she continued through the intersection without looking both ways.

That’s where a Ford Fusion driven by Ashley Christman struck her front passenger side door.

Christman, of Ashland, was heading north on Rt. 58. In the car were her sorority little Elizabeth Waxter and a dog named Carlos.

Christman had the right of way, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Josh Grimm. She said the Focus cut out in front of her.

Pflaum told Grimm she didn’t see the Fusion coming. Her husband made it through the intersection so she thought she could as well.

Christman and her sorority sister were taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin by the South Lorain County Ambulance District.

Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee said they appeared to have only minor injuries but opted to go to the hospital to be sure.

Pflaum chose not to go to the hospital.

Grimm is no stranger to crashes at the intersection of routes 58 and 162.

“It’s a similar situation every time,” he said. “It’s always a failure to yield at the stop sign from state Rt. 162.”

People either misjudge the distance or the speed of the car on Rt. 58 and end up not making it through the intersection.

Grimm doesn’t suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

Some information in this story was updated because of incorrect information provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

Firefighter Melissa Fuquay tends to Carlos the dog, who was in the Ford Fusion at the time of the crash.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_Collision41.jpgFirefighter Melissa Fuquay tends to Carlos the dog, who was in the Ford Fusion at the time of the crash.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Jerry Bauer of Bauer’s Service and Towing loads Ashley Christman’s Ford Fusion onto the bed of his truck.

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_Collision11.jpg

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Jerry Bauer of Bauer’s Service and Towing loads Ashley Christman’s Ford Fusion onto the bed of his truck.

Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Josh Grimm gets Donna Pflaum’s statement after the crash.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_Collision21.jpgOhio State Highway Patrol trooper Josh Grimm gets Donna Pflaum’s statement after the crash.

Donna Pflaum’s Ford Focus was struck on the front passenger door after she tried to cross Rt. 58 without realizing the road wasn’t clear.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/08/web1_Collision31.jpgDonna Pflaum’s Ford Focus was struck on the front passenger door after she tried to cross Rt. 58 without realizing the road wasn’t clear.

By Kelsey Leyva

kleyva@civitasmedia.com

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