August 27, 2014

Medina
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Condition of sheriff’s officer worsens to critical

The Medina County sheriff’s correctional officer, whose Dec. 21 highway crash spurred demands from Montville Township officials for better traffic controls at state Route 57 and Poe Road, has slipped back into critical condition.

James G. Sell, 63, of Wadsworth, was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after the early morning crash.

Sell was in critical condition when he was admitted, but he was upgraded to serious condition within a week. He dropped back to critical sometime over the weekend, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sheriff Tom Miller said the Sheriff’s Office has a collection going to aid the family.

“We wish him and his family well, and we miss him,” Miller said. “We’re keeping them in our prayers.”

Miller said Sell was an employee when Miller started as jail administrator in 1997. He said Sell is a quiet, diligent worker devoted to his family.

“We’ve never had an ounce of problem with Jim,” Miller said.

The crash occurred at about 7:10 a.m., when Sell’s Buick sedan, headed east on Poe Road, went through a stop sign at state Route 57 and crashed into a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Thomas D. States, 69, of Brunswick.

Sell’s sedan then smashed into a Medina County Achievement Center bus.

The crash was recorded by a Montville Township police surveillance camera located near the intersection.

States was hospitalized, but released within two days. The two staff members on the Achievement Center bus were not injured.

Another crash occurred at the intersection later that same day, but no one was injured.

Montville Township trustees said they are renewing efforts to get a traffic light installed at the intersection. The Ohio Department of Transportation rejected the trustees’ request last year.

If a traffic light is denied again, trustees said they would explore other options, including flashing lights on the stop signs, additional warning signs and rumble strips.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.