July 2, 2016

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Lodi man improves after Dec. 4 car-semi truck crash

HARRISVILLE TWP. — A Lodi man has been upgraded to satisfactory condition from serious almost four weeks after his car collided with a tractor-trailer at U.S. Route 224 and Vandemark Road.

Shane Charles Elswick, of 302½ Medina St., was northbound on Vandemark Road on the morning of Dec. 4 in a 2000 Toyota Camry when he pulled in front of a semitrailer heading west on Route 224, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol report.

Elswick, 37, was flown to Akron City Hospital for treatment of serious head injuries, according to a news release from the patrol.

A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday thatElswick was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition.

The driver of the 2006 Volvo semitrailer, 32-year-old Alfred L. Brown, of Spencer Township, was not injured in the crash.

His truck ended up in a ditch off the westbound lanes of Route 224.

Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post, said Wednesday he was unsure whether Elswick would be charged in the crash.

“We’ll have a trooper eventually follow up with him,” Haymaker said. “Any charges will depend on long-term or life-changing injuries.”

Troopers have said Elswick was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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