MEDINA, Ohio -- One person is dead after two cars collided along SR 18 in Medina on Thursday morning.
One of the vehicles was driving in the wrong direction without any headlights. Police believe speed and alcohol may have played a role in the deadly crash.
The accident happened just before 5:30 AM.
"One of the vehicles was traveling westbound in an eastbound lane without it's headlights on and it struck an eastbound vehicle," said Sgt. Tim Dearmitt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lane was driven by Gilberto Ralios, 20.
According to Police, Ralios drove left of center on SR 18 between Beach Road and SR 94, killing Chad Nelson, 29, of Columbus, a passenger in the car driven by Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville who was transported by medical helicopter to Metro Hospital.
"The vehicle that was going the wrong way burst into flames and actually, if it was not for the good Samaritans, it would probably be a double fatal," Sgt. Dearmitt said.
Trevor Worrall was one of those good Samaritans.
He was on his way to work when he saw the car traveling the wrong way on the SR 18 and made the 911 call.
"When I lost him, he was going a bit faster than I was, a lot faster than I was when I lost him over the hill. I couldn't see him, I was worried there might be a car on the other side of that hill," Worrall said.
After hanging up with dispatchers, Worrall immediately ran towards the crash to assist anyway he could.
"I tried to open the door but it wouldn't open all the way, so I had to pry it open, pulled it open and then another gentleman who had stopped as well jumped into the backseat to get the seat belt off, we couldn't get the seat belt off," said Worrall.
Two other drivers showed up on the scene with fire extinguishers. They got the fire under control enough so Worrall could cut the seat belt off of Ralios.
"I was able to pull out my work knife and we cut the seat belt off and then me and the first gentleman who showed up with me, we pulled him out of the vehicle," Worrall said.
Worrall doesn't consider himself a life saver.
"I consider myself at the right place at the right time," he said.
Troopers are still investigating to determine if seat belts were worn at the time of the crash.