Two Boys Seriously Injured in Middlefield Crash
July 23, 2021 by Staff Report

Two Middlefield boys were transported by medical helicopter to Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital after being injured in an accident about 12:45 p.m. July 22 in Middlefield Township.

Two Middlefield boys were transported via emergency helicopter to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital after being injured in an accident around 12:45 p.m. July 22 in Middlefield Township.

The boys, both 11 years old, were traveling along the side of State Route 528 in a horse-drawn wagon, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Pickett.

Paige Ricketts, 30, of Cortland, was northbound on Route 528. Jennifer Watson, 45, of Windsor, driving a 2019 Dodge Ram on Nauvoo Road, attempted to cross Route 528 going east. She failed to yield the right-of-way and struck Ricketts’ 2018 Nissan Tucson in the side.

After the vehicles collided, they went off the right side of the road and struck the wagon. Both boys sustained serious injuries.

Ricketts was transported to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Watson was not injured in the crash.

Due to the investigation at the scene, Route 528 was closed for about two hours. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Pickett said the horse appeared to be unhurt when it ran away from the scene.

On July 26 Pickett reported both boys were released from the hospital and have returned to their homes.

Middlefield Fire Department, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.