A two-vehicle accident Thursday morning at the intersection of state Route 44 and Auburn Road caused one vehicle to roll over, injuring the female driver, said Lake County Sheriff’s Capt. Carl Dondorfer.
Leona White, 56, of Windham, Ohio, was driving a 2003 Sport Utility Vehicle northbound on Route 44 around 9:43 a.m. and had begun to negotiate a left hand turn onto westbound Auburn Road when she failed to yield the right of way to a southbound 2010 Toyota pickup truck driven by Mladen Belasic, 58, of Eastlake, who was unable to avoid the collision, the captain said.
“Which caused the impact to the passenger side of the SUV, rolling it over onto its side, (trapping White),” the Dondorfer said while at the scene of the accident, which closed off southbound Route 44 for several hours. The SUV came to rest at the south portion of the intersection.
White was conscious, however, she had serious injuries and was trapped inside of her car. Concord Township firefighters had to use the “jaws of life” to remove the top of the SUV to extricate White from the driver’s seat of the vehicle, Dondorfer said in a statement.
White was transported to Tri-Point Hospital and immediately flown via emergency helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. She has been listed in “good condition,” as of 3 p.m. Thursday.
Belasic and his two grandchildren, a boy and girl ages 8 and 6, who were in the pickup truck, were uninjured, the captain said.
It did not appear from the investigation at the scene that there was any evidence of alcoholic beverage consumption. Belasic was wearing his seat belt and his grandchildren were in children’s booster seats. It was not known at the time of the accident whether or not White was wearing her seat belt at the time of the incident. The crash is still under investigation.
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