June 30, 2016

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Condition upgraded of student injured in crash

LIVERPOOL TWP. — One of four Olmsted Falls High students injured in a crash Monday night is off the critical list.

Chase Dupratt, 18, was upgraded to serious condition at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.

The other three students — Alexander Stipek, 17; Danny Cuellar, 17; and Ryan Hoffer, 16 — remain in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said. The four teens were in an eastbound 2007 Hyundai Elantra driven by Stipek that collided with a westbound 1986 Chevrolet pickup on Grafton Road, according to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Another passenger, Spencer McCoy, 17, sustained minor injuries and was not admitted to a hospital.

The driver of the pickup, Richard Sasack, 23, of North Royalton, was taken to Southwest General Hospital with moderate injuries.

Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post, said it’s not known whether the teenagers were wearing seat belts. None of them were ejected from the vehicle, he said.

According to reports, the crash happened at about 9:15 p.m. when Stipek passed a 1956 Chevrolet across a double yellow line at the top of a hill, just west of Marks Road, and his Elantra hit the pickup.

The driver of the ’56 Chevy, John Lopiccolo Sr., 66, of Brunswick, was treated for minor injuries at the crash scene. The lieutenant said the crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.