Stark County mother questions safety of guardrails after her son slid off the road

Stark County mother questions safety of guardrails after her son slid off the road

STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - A 17-year-old is recovering after police say his car slipped off the road and into a freezing cold lake Thursday morning.

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The Northwest High School student freed himself from his car that was stuck in Lake Lucern in Canal Fulton.

His mother, Lisa Robinson said, “I cried when I saw the picture. I kinda lost it. I mean my child could have died.”

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She said her son Josh told her he broke out the driver’s side window with his elbow.

Josh said he then swam to shore in the freezing water. Luckily, someone saw him and gave him a ride home.

“He said his car was in the lake,” Lisa said.

According to the crash report, police cited Josh for failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

However, officers say they believe the weather was the main factor in the accident.

Cleveland 19 asked her if she thought the roads were so bad, school should have been canceled.

She said, “I don’t think the roads were that bad to cancel it.”

She’s not mad at the salt crews either, but she does question the safety of everyone driving alongside the guardrail on Erie Avenue.

“It’s not going to stop a car,” she said.

“What about the buses? If they hit a patch of ice what’s going to happen to a bus if it hits that water?”

According to ODOT’s website, the department does set standards for guardrails.

Cleveland 19 is waiting to learn if the one Josh fell over meets the standard.

ODOT’s website said it’s installing one of these too low can allow a large car to go over it, while installing it too high could let a smaller car slip under it.

Cleveland 19 also reached out to the county to see if they’re planning any changes here in the future.

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