June 27, 2016

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Three people hurt in Sharon crash

SHARON TWP. — A crash on Sharon Copley Road this week damaged a house and injured three people.

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Terrion said the crash happened Monday about 12:30 p.m. when Erica Duff, 18, of Milton Township in Wayne County, was northbound on State Road in a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara sport-utility vehicle and failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign at Sharon Copley Road.

Terrion said Duff’s SUV was struck on the driver’s side by a 1991 Toyota Corolla driven by Tiffany Stefanko, 19, of 1431 Sharon Copley Road, Sharon Township.

Duff’s year-old son and a friend were passengers in her car.

The crash forced Duff off the right side of the road where she struck the support beam of the front porch on a house owned by Robert Mikel, 861 Sharon Copley Road, reports said.

Stefanko suffered a broken right kneecap and was taken to Akron General Hospital for treatment, reports said. Duff suffered minor bumps and bruises on her left side from the impact to her door during the crash. She was taken to Akron General’s Montrose West campus for treatment.

Stefanko’s passenger, Leah Gallion, of Creston, was taken to Akron General also with minor injuries.

Stefanko’s son was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for assessment but was unharmed and later released.

All others have since been released.

Terrion said both vehicles were totaled and Duff was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

The beam on Mikel’s porch was snapped and his lawn was damaged.

The accident left the intersection closed for about 20 minutes, Terrion said.

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