Several crashes on Route 43 tie up traffic for Streetsboro drivers Thursday

by Bob Gaetjens | editor Published:

Streetsboro -- Motorists in Streetsboro have had a week full of crashes and delays due to slick road conditions.

A series of accidents -- three on Route 43 -- bogged down traffic, creating bottle necks throughout the morning of Jan. 24. According to Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers, traffic on the state route was moving either very slowly or not at all for one to two hours that morning.

Snow and slippery roads were a factor in the accidents, he said.

The accidents began at 8:53 a.m. when police say Gary Sitosky of Mogadore struck the vehicle ahead of him as another vehicle was turning into Crescent Drive. Sitosky was charged with failure to provide assured clear distance from the vehicle ahead of him.

No one was injured in the two-car accident, according to Powers.

The second and third accidents occurred within just a few minutes of one another, said Powers.

At 9:43 a.m., a Kent woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into another car near the crest of the hill by the entrance to Meadowview Estates, said Powers.

"The roads were getting snowy, but basically, the driver just lost control of the vehicle," he said.

She was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. She faces a charge of failure to control her vehicle, said Powers.

The other driver was uninjured and not charged.

"Probably within a minute" of that accident, a two-car crash occurred as cars slowed to a crawl approaching the crash site, Powers said.

"As traffic was slowing, it caused one car to run into the rear of another," said Powers.

In that accident, Jon Schultz of Hudson was charged with failure to provide assured clear distance.

One reason progress was slow on Route 43 was the number of vehicles that needed to be cleaned up and towed from the scene, he added.

"Right there, in that one spot, we had four vehicles that were all damaged," said Powers.

He said the fire department also had to cope with a fuel leak from a box truck.

"They ended up having to remove the fuel tank from that truck," he said.

By 11:10 a.m. Jan. 24, the various Route 43 accident scenes was cleared by police.

Another accident occurred the morning of Jan. 24 at about 10 a.m. along Route 303 near Jefferson Street. No one was injured in the accident. Police say Rachel Walters of Hudson, who was driving east toward Route 14, lost control of her vehicle when she tried to avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of her, swerving to the left, where she struck the guy wire of utility pole, said Powers.

According to a police news release, there were probably live electrical wires on the ground at the scene.

"Once the fire department determined it was safe to do so, she was able to crawl out of the back of her vehicle," he said, adding she was uninjured. She was charged with failure to control her vehicle.

Striking the guy wire of the utility pole cause a 5-minute power outage in various areas of the city, including Streetsboro High School, said Powers.

The traffic signals at routes 14 and 43, routes 303 and 14 and Route 303 and Market Square Drive were down, he added.

"I noticed those three lights were out as I was reporting to the call," he said.

The accidents continued Jan. 25 at 3:17 p.m. when a van driven by Shawn Kerin of Ravenna flipped after he lost control along a snowy Route 14 just west of Lake Rockwell, according to Powers. He faces a charge of failure to control his vehicle.

Two more minor accidents took place the morning of Jan. 28 along the Diagonal Road, said Powers.

"The slick roads contributed to the crashes," he said.

The first accident occurred at 7:48 a.m. when a Kent woman lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree in the 8100 block of Diagonal Road.

As of press time, no charges had been filed.

The second one took place just south of the site of the first accident in the 7800 block of Diagonal Road, said Powers.

In that accident, Deborah Ing of Newbury lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a utility pole, which caused minor damage to the pole itself but no power outages or downed wires.

She is charged with failure to control her vehicle.

Powers advises motorists to leave plenty of time to reach their destinations in snowy weather so they don't feel pressure to drive faster than is save on slick roads.

On the road, he said drivers should drive slowly and leave plenty of room behind the vehicle ahead of them.

He said more accidents seem to take place when people aren't expecting poor roads than during a heavy snow when everyone knows the roads will be covered.

"It does seem that the days where we really expect a lot of snow we don't have as many problems as the days it sort of comes unexpectedly," he said.

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