October 30, 2014

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Elderly man rescued from car after crash, sustains minor injuries

Rescue workers use hydraulic cutters to free Lewis Lynch, 83, of Chippewa Lake, from his car after a crash Wednesday afternoon. No one was seriously injured. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Rescue workers use hydraulic cutters to free Lewis Lynch, 83, of Chippewa Lake, from his car after a crash Wednesday afternoon. No one was seriously injured. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An elderly Chippewa Lake man escaped serious injury in a three-car crash Wednesday afternoon in Montville Township.

Montville police reported that 83-year-old Lewis Lynch, of Reid Road, was eastbound on Chippewa Lake Road about 1:30 p.m. when he stopped at a stop sign at state Route 3 (Wooster Pike) but failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

As Lynch started up from the stop sign, he collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Mark Barbopoulos, 45, of Brunswick, the report said.

The crash sent Lynch’s vehicle into a box truck driven by Carson Talaga, 42, of Medina.

Medina firefighters arrived at 1:48 p.m. and used hydraulic cutters to free Lynch from his car, which was crushed like an accordion, the report said.

Lynch was taken to Medina Hospital with minor injuries, while Barbopoulos and Talaga were released at the scene with no injuries.

Both Lynch’s and Barbopoulos’s cars were towed from the scene.

Police Lt. Matthew Neil said charges are expected to be filed against Lynch for failing to yield.

“Even if you fully stop and pull out and cause a crash, it is still a stop sign violation,” he said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.