June 27, 2016

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Man in critical condition following Marks Road crash

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — A Strongsville man is in critical condition after he was thrown from his car Friday in a crash on Marks Road.

Gregory C. Musichuk, 24, of Strongsville, was northbound on Marks Road in his 1987 Ford Mustang when he lost control and veered into oncoming traffic, just north of Winter Brook Drive about 8:20 a.m., according to a news release from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Musichuk’s car was hit on the front passenger side by a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Gary L. Tharp, 55, of Liverpool Township.

Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post, said the impact of the crash split the car in half. The front end, which included the front seat, came to rest 30 feet away from the rear section.

“You figure the speed limit there is 45 mph,” Haymaker said. “If both vehicles were going 45 mph and you go from 45 to zero instantly, that’s like 90 mph of force hitting a brick wall.”

The crash is under investigation and Haymaker said a reconstruction team is looking at the accident to determine whether excessive speed was a factor.

Musichuk was found unconscious on the ground about five feet from the front of the vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to Southwest General Hospital. From there, a helicopter flew him to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in critical condition Friday evening.

Tharp also was taken to Southwest General, where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Haymaker said Tharp was up and walking around at the scene but was dazed.

The patrol said alcohol was not involved.

Haymaker said the road conditions and the condition of the Mustang’s tires are the likely cause of the crash.

He said when temperatures are below freezing, as they were Friday morning, even roads that seem clear are slippery.

“He had some pretty poor tread on his tires; they weren’t good,” Haymaker said. “I think he probably just started slipping a bit and then maybe fishtailed and shot left of center.”

Musichuk likely will be cited for failure to control, Haymaker said, a citation that always is issued when a crash results in property damage.

The accident closed off Marks Road until almost noon, with traffic diverted along state Route 303 to the north and Sleepy Hollow Road to the south.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.