June 29, 2016

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Two die in head-on crash on West Smith Road

YORK TWP. — Two men died following a head-on collision Thursday night in the 6100 block of West Smith Road.

David A. Smith, 22, of Brunswick, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Medina Hospital due to injuries he sustained in the crash that occurred at 10:11 p.m., according to a report from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post.

The driver of the second vehicle, Grafton resident Jeffery A. Bristow, 46, died overnight after being transported to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, a Patrol report states.

A passenger in Smith’s car, Isabelle J. Striker, 18, of Medina, was listed in stable condition Friday after being transported by emergency helicopter to MetroHealth, Patrol Sgt. Jason Bittinger said.

“I spoke to her father this morning, and he said she might get out of the hospital” by today, Bittinger said.

Smith was driving west on West Smith in a 1999 Ford Mustang when Bristow’s eastbound 2007 Dodge Charger drove left of center and struck Smith’s car head-on, the Patrol report states. The road reportedly was wet with little traffic at the time of the accident.

Adam Skinner, who witnessed the crash, phoned The Gazette on Friday morning, and said he believes Bristow did not drift left of center.

“He was exactly behind me the whole time …” Skinner said. He noted he and Bristow were driving to work at Carlisle Brake & Friction on Lake Road in Medina.

Skinner, of Wellington, said he heard a “big boom” behind him and stopped to assist crash victims.

“Both cars were pretty mauled,” he said. “I was there until the LifeFlight.”

Alcohol and/or drug use are not apparent factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, Bittinger said.

In addition to the Patrol, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Erhart-York Township Fire Department responded to the accident.

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