MONTVILLE, Ohio — Montville police released new information on the crash that happened on Wadsworth Road (State Route 57) Friday morning.
At 5:51 a.m., officers and rescue crews responded to the accident. According to a press release, preliminary information indicates a 23-year-old Rittman woman was traveling north on State Route 57 in a black Kia Forte when a light-colored pickup truck passed her on a hill, over a double line.
As the woman’s vehicle was being passed, a southbound tan Chevy Prizm, driven by a 21-year-old woman from Medina, decreased speed and veered slightly off the right side of the road, in what appears to be an attempt to avoid colliding head-on with the truck.
As the Chevy Prizm re-entered the roadway, it collided head-on with the Kia Forte.
Police say both drivers were the only people in their respective vehicles; both women were alert and conscious at the scene. The driver of the Kia Forte was flown to an area trauma center; the driver of the Chevy Prizm was trapped in her car for an hour and was rescued by the Medina Fire Department. She was then flown to an area trauma center.
Police were working to identify the driver of the pickup truck, but police say shortly before 1 p.m., with the help of witness information, investigators located the truck at a construction site in Medina. Montville police identified the driver as Michael J. Hostetler, 23 of Fredricksburg, Ohio.
He was arrested and taken to the Medina County Jail on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. Additional charges could follow.
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