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Four-wheeler crash victim a farmer, family man


CARLISLE TWP. — A 34-year-old man who was killed in a four-wheeler crash in his field Sunday is remembered by his family as a caring man, an avid farmer and a loving son.

Timothy Zmuginsky was driving a four-wheeler at 12446 Indian Hollow Road when he crashed, according to a press release.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the Carlisle Township Fire Department arrived about 9 p.m. and discovered Zmuginsky lying in the field next to the overturned four-wheeler, according to the press release. Emergency personnel determined Zmuginsky was dead at the scene.

An autopsy Monday determined Zmuginsky died from a broken neck, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said.

For Zmuginsky’s family, the 34-year-old’s death is a devastating blow.

“He was loved by all of us. We don’t know what happened,” said his father, Edward Zmuginsky, adding that his son drove the four-wheeler frequently. “It’s just such a shock.”

Edward Zmuginsky said his son had a wide-ranging group of friends and family, and was close with many people.

“He was well liked. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body,” Edward Zmuginsky said.

Timothy Zmuginsky was especially close with his family — even living on the farmland his father owned, only a few houses away from his sister and his parents.

“We were a very close-knit family. He was my helper,” Edward Zmuginsky said, remembering how his son often worked with him around the farm.

Along with farming, Timothy Zmuginsky grew sweet corn and peppers in his garden.

“He loved to can peppers. (Timothy Zmuginsky and his friends) would have two to three big canning parties a year. He just loved doing it,” Edward Zmuginsky said

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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