Marijuana, $8,600 found in car after fatal crash

By Jason Hawk -



Marijuana and a huge chunk of cash were found in Gregg Box’s car the night he allegedly struck and killed 38-year-old Linda Velez of Lorain just outside the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

An investigative report provided by Capt. Don Barker of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office revealed more details in the tragedy, which happened just outside the gates of the fair on its final night as Velez was walking to her car.

Inside Box’s dark blue Ford Mustang was a jar containing pot and $8,661, according to the LCSO account.

Now, in addition to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of leaving the scene of a crash, and driving while intoxicated, the 61-year-old Strongsville man also faces a drug possession charge.

He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges in Oberlin Municipal Court and is being held at the Lorain County Jail on $500,000 bond.

The report from the sheriff’s office also gives more insight into what happened the night Velez’s life was taken.

Three deputies working foot patrol and traffic details ran to Fairgrounds Road in front of Mohr Stamping and found Velez lying in the roadway and bleeding heavily from the mouth.

Grafton fire department EMTs on duty assessed her injuries as life-threatening and Life Flight was summoned.

Velez’s boyfriend, Shawn Skobel, told deputies they had been walking with several others at the road’s edge and he was pushing a family member in a wheelchair. That’s when a dark-colored Mustang veered toward them in an attempt to pass a slower vehicle, he said.

Skobel said he yelled for everyone to get out of the way and pushed the wheelchair out of harm’s way. When he turned to grab Velez, she was gone, the report said.

Skobel watched at the car hit and ran over her body. When he yelled, the Mustang stopped briefly before speeding off.

Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton and an Ohio State Highway Patrol unit arrived and offered to help search for the suspect.

Life Flight arrived and Velez was taken to meet the helicopter, which would have carried her to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. But her condition worsened and CPR could not save her life.

Shelton received a tip from a homeowner on Rt. 18 that a dark Mustang ran over his mailbox and left the scene, heading west. The OSHP later found Box and stopped him at Burger King on Rt. 58 in Wellington, where he was tested for a drunk driving violation.

Troopers said they had responded to a complaint of a Mustang leaving the scene of a crash on US 20 in Pittsfield Township, heading south.

They said they asked Box where he thought he was — he believed he was in Wadsworth, according to the report.

The Mustang was towed for further investigation, during which the drugs and cash were discovered and seized.

State troopers took Box to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin for blood drawing, then taken to jail.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.


By Jason Hawk