A four vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon in Lorain County has sent three people to the hospital and two others sustained minor injuries. It appears that alcohol may have been a factor.
The Elyria Post of The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash that occurred on State Route 57 at Chestnut Ridge Road in Eaton Township. The crash occurred at approximately 2:42 p.m.
The first vehicle was a black Lincoln pickup truck driven by Michael Rider, 48-years-old, of Elyria. Rider was transported from the scene by EMS to University Hospital Elyria. He was later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center where his condition is still being evaluated. Rider was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The second car was a gray Toyota pickup truck driven. Neither occupant sustained injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.
The third car was a silver Ford Focus passenger car was driven by Brandie Lee Fowler, 17-years-old, of Wellington. Fowler sustained minor injuries and was transported from the scene by EMS to University Hospital Elyria. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The fourth car was a blue Jeep SUV driven by Raven Rodriguez, 31-years-old, of Cleveland. There were two passengers in the vehicle Charelle Perry, 32-years-old, of Cleveland and Johnell Angel Putnam, 31-years-old, of Cleveland.
Rodriguez’s vehicle ran a red light, which was the cause for the accident. Alcohol use by Rodriguez is a suspected factor.
Rodriguez was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported from the scene by EMS to University Hospital Elyria and later flown the Metro Health Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Perry was trapped in the vehicle. She was transported from the scene by EMS to University Hospital Elyria and later flown the MetroHealth Medical Center where she is listed in serious condition.
Putnam received possible injuries and was not transported or treated.
Charges may be filed upon the completion of the crash investigation, which is ongoing at this time.