April 19, 2014

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Lodi man ejected from car in crash with semi truck

HARRISVILLE TWP. – A Lodi man was ejected from his car after colliding with a semi truck this morning at the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and Vandemark Road.

A Lodi man was transported to Akron City Hospital this morning after a two-vehicle accident involving a 2000 Toyota Camry and semi truck at the U.S. Route 224 and Vandemark Road intersection. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Shane Charles Elswick, 37, of 302 ½ Medina St., was traveling north at 5:53 a.m. today in a 2000 Toyota Camry on Vandemark Road when he pulled in front of a semi truck heading west on Route 224, according to Trooper Nick Clemens, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post.

After the collision, Elswick and his car came to rest in a grassy region between the east and westbound lanes of the highway about 50 feet west of the point of impact, Clemens said.

The semi truck driver, 32-year-old Alfred L. Brown, of Spencer Township, was not injured in the crash, the trooper said. His truck ended up in a ditch off the westbound lanes of Route 224.

Elswick was transported by helicopter to Akron City Hospital for treatment of injuries, Clemens said. A hospital spokeswoman said Elswick was in serious condition this morning.

Clemens said Elswick was not wearing a seatbelt.

The accident is under investigation, and charges are pending, Clemens said.

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

  • Disaster

    I was stuck in the aftermath of this accident this morning. How sad…nI drive this road to work everyday on the way to work and it amazes me how many close calls I see everyday.

  • Resident

    I’ve lived on Vandemark most of my life. Drivers need to slow down on this road. The speed limit should be 40 due to the hills and sight distances. There have been numerous accidents on Vandemark and 224 mostly because 83 doesn’t have an on ramp. We need lights at this intersection! How many more accidents or deaths before things change?

  • no excuse

    Instead of lights, how about people learn how to drive properly and pay attention to what is going on around them.

  • Dumb founded

    Like everyone else said there has been so many close calls. You people amaze me guys fighting for his life and you say he needs to learn how to drive. Your telling me you never made a mistake then your a liar. Let’s all pray for the man and hope he pulls through

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.lansergroesser Shannon Lanser Groesser

    While I am praying for Shane I will also pray for you. This man has a loving family and a ton of friends who are hurting trememdously right now. Your negative comments are not needed. I travel country roads daily and seeing that it was 5:30am, I’m sure it was still dark, and you don’t know how fast the semi was going either. You have no idea what happened or whether or not he was “paying attention”. Your speculations are heartless and people like you are the reason the world sucks much of the time. Maybe sit back and think about how this mans family and friends will be spending their Christmas before you share your crappy thoughts. Shame on you.

  • The world sucks

    Your right no one knows what happened. Who cares what happen what we do know is a man is fight for his life. Please everyone pray. This is all I want for Christmas is this man to pull through

  • http://www.facebook.com/monica.vandeusen.9 Monica Van Deusen

    true that

  • http://www.facebook.com/Clydecooks Clyde J. Burrie Jr.

    Prayers to Shane!!

  • observer

    Man, he’s lucky that truck wasn’t heading east….

  • Itchy

    Have driven through this intersection so many times and I am wary every time. It is easy to make a mistake at these crossings… and those simple mistakes can be costly. In our prayers.

  • Sissylou

    Shane’s mom is a great friend of mine and this is such a sad situation. They don’t need any negativity right now, regardless of whose fault it was. Prayers for Shane and his family right now! Hope for a full and speedy recovery!

  • MaryAnne

    I too will pray for him and his family. And i too disagree with putting up more lights. As a society we continue to look for bandaids instead of finding solutions. More traffic lights, more patrol men, spending more tax dollars… will not help in stopping accidents. That is why they are called accidents. Pray for his recovery, and pray for strength in the people he loves. nI don’t think any malice was meant by wishing we would teach our young to drive it was only said at the wrong time, and in the wrong venue. God be with all those struck by ACCIDENTS, as we see more and more everyday with the lack of education, and with the lack of ‘time’ in which people seem to be living today. We each need to slow down and be more careful, in ALL situations. nI also live nearby and the speed in which people fly by, on our country roads, is very frightening.nI have no idea what happened this morning, i am not interested in blame. Why are you, when i’m sure you have no idea as well?nGood Luck to you Shane, and to all those close to your heartnGod Bless

  • Valerie Elswick

    Shane is 1 of 2 of my only first cousins. He is a terrific person, has a great sense of humor, and would help anyone in need. His condition at the time is very bad, however the pressure on his brain is slowly improving. Police have been in contact with my family and there is talk that this accident was not his fault, which I don’t understand but that’s what the rumor is. Regardless, negativity about personal driving skills will not be tolerated, and I can tell you that comments like this simply piss me off. This has completely flipped my families world upside down and he needs all the thoughts and prayers he can get.

  • Valerie Elswick

    when this happens to one of your loved ones I bet you won’t post comments like this one. Grow up, we’re all human, and there’s no such thing as perfect.

  • Twiztid Angel

    I can not understand why people are so cold. Regardless of the actions of all parties involved, someone is hurt terribly and deserves our prayers as well as the ones who were not injured. The other parties involved live with the “what ifs” of the situation wondering if they could have done something different to prevent such an outcome. I know these roads, I know semis and cars. While the whole who’s at fault thing is being debated, trust that the trucker will live with this the rest of his life, as well as all others involved. My prayers to all parties involved as this is a difficult path to go down. It is easy to point fingers when you are on the outside. Try to understand all points of view of this situation and you will broaden your mind.

  • dave

    I had someone pull out in front of me ant the same intersection 3 years ago. She didnot stop at the stop sign and I did all I could to miss her but to no uveil . She was in the hospital for over 2 months and lucky to be alive today.They had to cut her out of her Honda. I slow down everytime I go through there now and this am I sat while they cleared up this accident. I hope everyone is ok. Please put a red light at this intersection. There has been way to many accidents there

  • wake up please

    Umm pretty sure if you pull out in front of truck you were not paying attention unless you are saying this person had a death wish I highly doubt that. Stop making excuses! I also hope the man is going to be ok. Perhaps he should have thought about how his family and friends would spend christmas! Wake up hang up and pay attention. If the Truck was speeding he still should have seen him unless the truck also can travel faster than sound and light if it was dark his headlights would have been on and trucks a pretty loud.

  • wake up please

    Lol it has happened to a family member and guess what it was the family members fault they should have been paying attention. Perhaps you should also grow up! I am far from perfect but really putting in more lights on a divided highway is the most idiotic thing I have heard in a long time. Lets also put in one at every other intersection on 224 because YOU might not pay attention and pull out.

  • wake up please

    LOL I was on the other side once also. I still say If I would have paid more attention that would not have happened. It is called personal responsibility pass it on!

  • mike lanser

    Love u brother. Keep fightin

  • mike lanser

    Love you brother. Keep fightin

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandy.middy Brandy Middy

    As horrible as it is what happened to Shane he did make a bad ndecision and ended up striking the trucker and people need to keep in nmind the trucker had a close call as well. We ALL know how crazy it can get out on the roads and at times we don’t always make the right move we’ve all done it, we’ve had close calls but we’re the lucky ones who can say it was only that. No one ever means for these things to happen. The semi was totaled and you ncould see where Shane drove into him as they were hauling it off and nwhere the semi struck trees after the impact. He’s lucky he was in a nsemi otherwise there would be two people in the hospital right now. Fromn what I hear neither the semi or the car’s airbags went off and it ndidn’t help that Shane wasn’t wearing his seat belt. It was a hard hit nfor BOTH the people. It just brings tears to my eyes Prayers go to Shane and his family that he gets into stable condition and has a speedy recovery but also to the nTrucker who has his own family and is dealing with a lot right now too. I am ncertain that he is worried sick about Shane and hoping he pulls through.n They really need to do something about that section of traffic! Appreciate and keep close those you love you never know when you might loose someone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandy.middy Brandy Middy

    In prayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandy.middy Brandy Middy

    God Bless you, your Cousin and the family. My heart goes out to what y’all are going through right now. My family, friends and most everyone who has heard or read about this are keeping him in prayer and hoping he pulls through. God is by his side watching over him.

  • Unangst

    Shane is one of the most slow and meticulous drivers I know. He will fight and get better this I know after twenty years. I’m praying for u Shane. Your friend Aaron

  • Unangst

    If u have ever drove through that intersection u would know how dangerous it really is

  • Alycia

    My prayers are with you and the Elswick family. My fiancee is Shane’s cousin from his mom’s side and he wanted to come to the hospital last night but was unable to. We haven’t been able to stop thinking about him and the family.

  • Valerie Elswick

    happy holidays, as you criticize my family, we sit in the hospital praying he is strong enough to continue his life. You make me sick.

  • Rodney

    My prayers go out to the Elswick family may God be with you during this tragic time. Shane is deep in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to pray for him to make a full recovery.

  • Ushmuck

    God forbid In a blink of an eye it COULD be YOUR Parent,Sibling or Kid!!! Go Post your negative comments on a Criminals or this rapist that raped a lil kid.. they’ll be appreciated there.

  • tim

    kathy i love you shane is tough he will b alrite we will make u to brandi and our family

  • Jeff Davis

    Keep fighting Shane! I’m praying for you and your family everyday.