November 20, 2014

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Questions linger after two die in car that hit house

A car went through this stop sign on state Route 301 at U.S. Route 224 (Spencer and Greenwich roads) in Homer Township and crashed into the second home on the west side after the intersection. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

A car went through this stop sign on state Route 301 at U.S. Route 224 (Spencer and Greenwich roads) in Homer Township and crashed into the second home on the west side after the intersection. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Investigators still don’t know why a car went through a stop sign and smashed into a Homer Township house, killing the driver and passenger.

Doris K. Williams, 58, and Rosemarie Kinney, 53, both of West Salem, died in the crash.

The crash happened about 4:20 p.m. Saturday on state Route 301, just north of U.S. Route 224, according to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Yellow tape and plastic-covered paneling mark where a car smashed into this house at 9010 Spencer Road, Homer Township, on Saturday afternoon. Doris Williams, 58, and her passenger, 53-year-old Rosemarie Kinney, were killed in the crash. The couple who rents the house was at home but wasn’t injured. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Yellow tape and plastic-covered paneling mark where a car smashed into this house at 9010 Spencer Road, Homer Township, on Saturday afternoon. Doris Williams, 58, and her passenger, 53-year-old Rosemarie Kinney, were killed in the crash. The couple who rents the house was at home but wasn’t injured. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Reports said Williams’ northbound 2000 Mitsubishi Galant went through a stop sign, went off the west side of the road and struck a mailbox before slamming into the house.

Williams was wearing a seat belt but Kinney was not.

A spokesperson for the patrol said Monday evening that no further information was available.

A couple renting the home at 9010 Spencer Road (state Route 301) was in another room when the car smashed through the south wall. They were not injured.

“I say the good Lord was with them that they weren’t hurt,” said Miriam Zemancik, the owner of the house. “But those two women were killed, and that’s just terribly sad.”

The couple who rented the house, Bill Elkins and Carol Royak-Elkins, were not available for comment Monday.

Zemancik said she owned the house for close to 50 years and had lived there before renting it.

“When we lived there, I never thought about a car running into the house,” she said. “You have accidents when you live along (U.S. Route) 224, but for that to happen, I don’t think I can remember anything like that.

“Thank God it wasn’t a semi-truck.”

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