April 23, 2014

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BREAKING NEWS: IDs of crash victims released

GRANGER TWP. — A 16-year-old Highland student on her way to school was killed and two other students were injured in an early morning crash on Wilbur Road.

All attended Highland Local Schools.

At approximately 7:15 a.m., Erin K. Ehrbar, 16, was pulling forward out of her driveway in the 1000 block of Wilbur and attempting to turn left. Her 13-year-old brother, Andrew Ehrbar, was a passenger in the front seat of the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Hirsch said.

Jonathon D. Slifka, 17, also of Granger Township, was traveling west on Wilbur and his 1973 Ford Mustang struck Ehrbar’s vehicle on the driver’s side door, the OHP reported.

Erin died as a result of her injuries and her brother was flown via medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries, the OHP reported.

Andrew was in critical condition this afternoon, according to a MetroHealth spokeswoman.

Slifka suffered facial lacerations and was transported by Granger Township rescue crews to Medina Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Glare from the morning sun may have played a role in the accident, Hirsh said.

The crash remains under investigation, he said.

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