June 29, 2016

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Medina man faces arraignment for alcohol-related crash

MEDINA — A Harrisville Township man will be arraigned Monday on charges he injured a woman in a Valentine’s Day drinking-and-driving accident.

Anthony Lazar, 30, of 7995 Lafayette Road, was released Tuesday from the Medina County Jail on $50,000 bond.



According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Lazar was westbound on U.S. Route 224 just after midnight Feb. 14 and failed to stop at a red light when turning left onto Lake Road. He pulled into the path of a car driven by Kenneth Williams, 64, of Akron.

Williams was driving about 55 mph when he hit Lazar’s car, a patrol report shows. Lazar suffered no injuries.

Williams and his wife, Sandra Williams, 63, were taken to Lodi Community Hospital.

Lazar admitted the morning of the accident to drinking “three or four beers,” according to Trooper Paul Terrion of the patrol’s Medina post.

He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.226 percent, the patrol report shows. Ohio’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Lazar was indicted last week by a Medina County grand jury on three counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two of which are third-degree felonies and one a fourth-degree felony.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said the charges pertain specifically to the injuries suffered by Sandra Williams. He declined, however, to say how badly she was hurt.

Lazar could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.