July 24, 2016

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Police: Erratic driver critically injured in Montville crash

Montville Township police investigate a three-car crash on state Route 57 Monday afternoon. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Montville Township police investigate a three-car crash on state Route 57 Monday afternoon. (COURTESY PHOTO)

A Montville Township man was seriously injured in a crash Monday afternoon on state Route 57 after he collided with two cars north of Sharon Copley Road.

According to township police Chief Terry Grice, Dragisa Radulov, 36, was southbound in an Audi, when he attempted to pass a sport utility vehicle. As he crossed a double yellow line to pass the car, he struck the rear driver’s side of the SUV and crashed head-on into a northbound Ford Fusion.

The Fusion caught fire, but the driver, Glen Williams, 58, of Medina, was able to escape.

Radulov was trapped in his vehicle and had to be removed by officers. Radulov was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Williams was taken to Medina Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Grice said.

The driver of the SUV, Matthew Richardson, 51, of Montville Township, did not need medical treatment.

Grice said after the crash several drivers who had seen Radulov’s Audi traveling on Route 57 stopped to report to police that they had witnessed Radulov’s car pass them in the minutes before the crash.

“Several people stopped to report his driving as erratic,” Grice said.

The crash remains under investigation and Grice said no citations have been issued yet. Radulov was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, Grice said.

Route 57 was closed for about 2½ hours while the scene was cleared by members of the Medina Fire Department, and police officers did measurements and took photos for their investigation.

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

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.