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Driver injured crashing into Elyria house


ELYRIA — Gerald Tomasek stared dejectedly at the car that crashed into his house at 764 Georgetown Ave. about 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Tomasek, who said he and his wife, Janice Tomasek, were unhurt, said they were watching television when they heard a loud bang outside their brick and wood, one-family home and found a Ford Focus sedan had crashed into it.

“He tore the whole corner of the house out,” Tomasek said. “It’s just a mess.”

Driver Jordan Silva, 18, sustained a non-life-threatening injury, said fire Capt. Dean Marks. Police Sgt. Ryan Warfield said Silva, address unavailable Sunday night, was treated and released from University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.

A police report was unavailable Sunday night, but Warfield said witnesses said Silva was driving about 60 mph. The speed limit on Georgetown is 25 mph.

Warfield said the Focus was rented and Silva was driving without a license. Warfield said he was unsure what Silva had been charged with.

Two witnesses told The Chronicle-Telegram that Silva was speeding before crashing. Driver Mike Kowalski said he was on Livermore Lane when he saw the northbound Focus run a stop sign at Georgetown and Livermore. Kowalski said the Focus was followed by a Dodge Neon, whose driver also was speeding.

When Kowalski turned on to Georgetown, he said he saw the Focus hit a parked PT Cruiser. The Focus struck the rear driver’s side of the PT Cruiser, then caromed left through the front yard and into the northeast corner of the Tomaseks’ home.

Kowalski said after the Focus crashed, the Neon driver backed up and drove west on Fairwood Boulevard toward North Abbe Road. Kowalski said he helped Silva out of the car. He said Silva had a gash on his nose, which was bleeding, and was concerned about getting his phone, which was inside the Focus.

Kowalski said Silva said he swerved to miss a van before crashing into the PT Cruiser. Kowalski said he didn’t see the van.

Tomasek, who said he has homeowner’s insurance, said he moved into the 1,769-square-foot home in 1962. He said cars frequently speed through the neighborhood and was grateful none of his three young grandchildren were visiting. “I’m too old for this,” said Tomasek, 74.

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