July 25, 2016

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Two Brunswick teens in critical condition after crash

MEDINA TWP. — Two Brunswick teenagers remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition following a one-vehicle crash Monday night at Plum Creek Parkway and Hamilton Road.

Driver Brandon R. Boettcher, 19, and 15-year-old passengers Skyler Ferguson and Erin M. Flynn were flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center following the crash at 9:28 p.m. Monday, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Ferguson and Flynn, Brunswick High School students, received “serious head injuries” in the crash, the Highway Patrol said.

Lt. Josh Swindell, commander of the patrol’s Medina post, said Flynn was ejected from the car.

Charges against Boettcher are pending, and the accident investigation is ongoing, the lieutenant said.

Flynn and Ferguson were listed in critical condition Tuesday night, but Boettcher was released from the hospital earlier in the day, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Boettcher was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier south on Plum Creek Parkway and reportedly failed to halt at a stop sign at Hamilton Road, according to the patrol. The vehicle went off the south side of Hamilton, struck a utility pole head-on and came to rest on an embankment.

No one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, Swindell said, and alcohol likely was a factor in the accident.

“It looks like they shared two bottles of Mad Dog (fortified wine),” Swindell said, and Boettcher reportedly admitted to drinking.

Drug paraphernalia, a pipe, also reportedly was found in the car, the lieutenant said.

Accidents continue to be a problem in Medina County with youthful drivers involved in “serious-injury or fatal crashes,” Swindell said.

“It’s like a broken record. This just keeps coming around,” he said.

In 2010, the Medina post of the Highway Patrol handled 18 fatal crashes that resulted in 20 deaths, Swindell said. Of the 18 crashes, 10 involved drivers 24 years old or younger, and they were at fault 90 percent of the time.

Brunswick City Schools Superintendent Mike Mayell called the accident a “tragedy” and said counselors will be available to students in the district.

Reporter Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this story.

Contact Steve Grazier (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.