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Sheffield man injured, Lorain man charged in Avon hit-and-run crash

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    This Jeep Patriot was struck by a car in a suspected drunk driving crash in Avon.

    CINDY BREDA / CHRONICLE

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AVON — A Lorain man who has five prior drunken-driving convictions is facing new OVI charges in Avon and Avon Lake after a hit-and-run crash Sunday that injured a Sheffield man.

Alexander Zelinko, 31, said he was traveling down Colorado Avenue, near McDonald’s, when a car swerved into his lane and hit him head-on.

The impact forced Zelinko’s Jeep Patriot into McDonald’s parking lot.

Zelinko said an off-duty paramedic assisted him after the crash before an ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital.

The driver of the other car fled the scene.

Police later arrested Michael Rogers, 48, of Lorain, in Avon Lake after he ran a red light and hit another vehicle, police said. No injuries were reported from that second collision.

Avon police Officer James Drozdowski said because Moore has five prior DUI convictions, he can be charged with a fourth-degree felony.

Avon police also charged Moore with driving under suspension, failure to yield and hit-skip.

Lt. Scott Fishburn of Avon Lake police said police there have charged Moore with OVI, driving under suspension and running a red light.

Zelinko said he is dealing with lower back and shoulder injuries after Sunday’s head-on crash.

“It’s the first time I’ve been hit (in a car crash),” he said. “Now I have trouble doing regular things.”

Contact Cindy Breda at 329-7126 or cbreda@chroniclet.com.

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