June 30, 2016

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Condition of student injured in crash upgraded again

CLEVELAND — The condition of an Olmsted Falls High School student injured in a crash Monday evening in Liverpool Township was upgraded to good Thursday.

Three of his friends who were injured in the crash, though, remain in critical condition at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.

Chase Dupratt, 18, who was hospitalized at first in critical condition was upgraded Wednesday to serious condition and to good on Thursday, the spokesperson said.

Hospitals are required to give one-word status reports — good, fair, serious, critical, deceased — on patients who have not opted out of hospital directories.

Dupratt and his friends were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Grafton Road at about 9:15 p.m.

According to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Dupratt was a passenger in a Hyundai Elantra driven by Alexander Stipek, 17.

Stipek, who was traveling east, tried to pass a 1956 Chevrolet across a double yellow line near the crest of a hill. The Elantra struck a westbound Chevy pickup coming over the hill on the other side.

Stipek, Dupratt and two other passengers — Danny Cuellar, 17, and Ryan Hoffer, 16 — were sent to the MetroHealth.

A fifth passenger, Spencer McCoy, 17, and the driver of the ’56 Chevy were treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup sustained moderate injuries and was sent to Southwest General Hospital.

Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker said Wednesday the crash is still under investigation.

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