VERMILION, OH (WOIO) - State Troopers from the Sandusky Post are investigating a serious crash that occurred on Mason Road east of Harrison Road in Erie County.
Investigators say the 23-year-old driver, Arthur T. Mead, of Mapleview Drive in Vermilion, was headed eastbound on Mason Road in a 2003 Ford pick-up truck.
According to Mead, the one car accident happened because he was trying to avoid hitting a doe.
Mead said he swerved off the left side of the road to keep from striking the deer standing near the right side of the road.
After going off road, the vehicle traveled a short distance before it overturned and landed on its roof.
Fortunately for Mead, he was wearing a seat belt and managed to free himself from the damaged truck.
The vehicle was towed from the scene by Sandusky Towing.
Mead was transported to Lorain Mercy Hospital by Citizen's Ambulance Service of Wakeman, Ohio.
After initial treatment at the hospital he was transported by Life Flight to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries.
Authorities believe that alcohol contributed to the crash.
Mead was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OVI) and failure to control.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Florence Township Fire Department and Sandusky Towing.