June 25, 2016


Ambulance ‘nearly stopped’ when fatal crash occurred

GRAFTON TWP. — An ambulance driver for the township told fire officials he was “barely rolling” at the time of the crash that killed 82-year-old Zygmunt J. Pacyna of Hinck­ley Township on Wednesday, according to Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Adams.

The ambulance driver, Richard Robinson, told fellow fire personnel that he had “almost come to a complete stop” at the stop sign on southbound Island Road and state Route 303 when the ambulance col­lided with Pacyna’s Chevro­let Cavalier traveling east­bound on Route 303.

“He said the car almost speeded up,” Adams said. “It’s a very tragic accident.” Robinson, 26, of Cleve­land, was treated at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria and was back at work Thursday, Adams said.

A critical incident stress counselor visited the Fire Department on Thursday to assist those involved includ­ing Robinson, who Adams called “one of my best driv­ers.”

“Right now he doesn’t want to go on a run,” Adams said. “Nothing can really help him; it’s going to take a long time.”