April 15, 2014

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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.

  • breezeways

    Ahhhhh now we found a drug pipe. Cute. These kids sound like overachievers to me!

  • txb2god

    The justice system will apply a punishment to Brandon for his actions. I just hope that as part of it, they make him spend time going to high schools and telling his story to other teens.

    What completely disturbs me is that if you go to both of these girls’ Facebook pages they list as their Activities “smoking a blunt; drinking; Miller Lite, running from cops. . . ” Now, I easily looked at their Facebook Wall pages, they were not blocked, so someone explain to me why their parents could not see these comments out on their FB pages? These girls are 15 and these are their Activities? You could see Brandon’s FB page as well, and, well, none of those sorts of activities. I would not want my kids hanging out with girls that have those listed as their activities.

  • breezeways

    With names like that I thought it was a boy and a girl. Oh well.

  • breezeways

    Oh, and did ya notice the license plate on his Cavalier was “911″??! Talk about a jinx.

  • bapomc

    WOW! what a suprise kids made a mistake. you people act like you have never made a mistake in your lives. No matter how you feel about these kids or their parents it is inappropriate for you people to post things like this. TXB2GOD maybe i will call you for parenting advice sometime. I pray that nothing like this happens to your kids. But if it does i hope people have kind words to say to you like you did. all i can say is that i hope these 2 young girls that have a whole life to live make a speedy recovery. Last but not least, people learn from their mistakes as i’m sure these KIDS will. Get Well Soon…..