A two-vehicle collision in Litchfield Township, Medina County killed two people and left one with severe injuries. The collision in Litchfield Township happened on Thursday afternoon, July 29th. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Hyundai Sonata failed to yield, causing the collision.
The collision occurred on State Route 83 and West Road. The OSHP said they received a call about a severe accident at about 3:12 p.m. When troopers arrived at the scene, they saw a 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer stopped on the State Route 83 South, just south of West Smith Road, and a 2008 gray Hyundai Sonata off the road. The second vehicle had severe damage to its passenger side.
The preliminary inquiry revealed that the Hyundai was westbound on West Smith Road when it failed to yield the right of way to the southbound Peterbilt. The tractor-trailer then struck the smaller vehicle on the passenger side, forcing it off the road. The Hyundai driver, identified as an 80-year-old woman from North Ridgeville, suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to the hospital.
Two passengers of the Hyundai, identified as Enid A. Liscio, 79, and 80-year-old Elaine Klepek, both from North Ridgeville, died at the scene. The OSHP said the 62-year-old Peterbilt driver was uninjured. They added that those involved in the collision wore seatbelts, and alcohol does not appear to have factored in the occurrence. The investigation is ongoing.
Failing to yield the right way is a traffic offense that would ordinarily end with a citation and fine without an accident. But in a crash of this nature, the driver who failed to yield would become the liable party and pay compensation to the victim.
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