November 22, 2014

Medina
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Strongsville man is county’s first traffic fatality in 2014

A 24-year-old Strongsville man is Medina County’s first traffic death of the new year.

Gregory Musichuk died about 5:30 a.m. Monday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was taken by medical helicopter following a Friday morning crash on Marks Road, just north of Winter Brook Drive in Brunswick Hills Township.

Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said witnesses saw Musichuk’s northbound 1987 Mustang fishtail and slide left of center before striking a southbound Ford F-150 driven by Gary L. Tharp, 55, of Liverpool Township.

Musichuk was thrown from his car and found about five feet from the vehicle.

Tharp suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Southwest General Hospital on Friday.

Haymaker said the roadways were not icy, but the pavement was naturally slick due to cold temperatures.

The patrol confirmed that the accident is the first fatal crash of 2014.

Haymaker said the number of crashes in the county is way up compared to last year.

“We’ve handled 200 crashes so far in Medina County,” he said. “On Jan. 27 last year we had only 99.”

Haymaker encouraged drivers to be careful on the roadways because below-freezing temperatures are in the forecast for the rest of the week.

“The roads aren’t too bad right now, but we just keep getting crash reports,” he said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.