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Woman pleads guilty in 2016 Sheffield crash

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ELYRIA — A Lorain woman pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault in connection with a 2016 crash that police say occurred shortly after she was posting on social media about drinking and using marijuana.

Nicole Cox, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, driving under suspension, driving under the influence, operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and vehicles travelling in opposite directions as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, according to court documents. In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend she receive a two-year prison sentence.

About 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 2016, Cox was headed west on Colorado Avenue in Sheffield about when her Chevrolet HHR crossed over the center line and hit an eastbound Ford Fusion driven by Dawon Seymour, Sheffield police have said.

Seymour was taken to University Hospitals Avon Medical Center for treatment, while Cox, who police reported smelled of alcohol, had to be cut free from her vehicle.

In an affidavit for search warrant for the Fusion’s computer systems filed in December 2016, Sheffield police wrote about what they found on Cox’s Facebook page.

Police said Cox posted about “‘gas’ and ‘drink,’” when they understood to be slang terms for marijuana and alcohol, which officers believe she was using just prior to the crash.

During the plea hearing on Wednesday before Judge Chris Cook, the state said Seymour and police have approved the recommended sentence of two years in prison for Cox.

Cox is scheduled to be sentenced by Cook on April 26, according to court documents. She remains free on bond.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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