June 28, 2016

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Flashing lights added to stop signs at deadly intersection

MONTVILLE TWP. — Flashing lights have been installed on a pair of stop signs on Poe Road at state Route 57 as a quick fix for the intersection, which was the site of five crashes in December.

A newly lighted sign by the eastbound lane of Poe Road at state Route 57 in Montville Township tells motorists to stop. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed flashing LEDs Jan. 28 on the stop signs on Poe, which should help alert motorists as they approach Route 57, Montville Police Chief Terry Grice said.

The chief said he hopes motorists are exercising more caution at the intersection.

“We haven’t had any accidents so far, but I don’t want to attribute that to only the stop signs,” Grice said.

Township Trustee Ron Bischof said he doubted the flashing lights would make a difference, saying he continues to see motorists not come to a complete stop at the intersection.

“Cars are still rolling through,” he said. “People may see the flashing sign, but they’re still shooting across 57.”

Montville trustees have said the township would like to see the intersection converted into a roundabout and welcomed ODOT’s support for the project.

Three of December’s crashes happened within 24 hours. The most serious was an early Dec. 21 crash that critically injured James Sell, a 63-year-old Medina County corrections officer.

Sell, of Wadsworth, was eastbound on Poe Road about 7 a.m. when he went through the stop sign at Route 57, crashing into a northbound tractor-trailer and careening into a Medina County Achievement Center bus.

After spending a few weeks in the hospital, Sell was discharged earlier this month from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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