CARLISLE TWP. — A 20-year-old man was hospitalized early Saturday after the car in which he was a passenger veered off Butternut Ridge Road and struck a tree, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The man’s 17-year-old girlfriend was driving a 1997 Kia Sportage and the couple was having an argument, Trooper Lance Deshuk said.
The man grabbed the steering wheel and caused the car to careen off the road east of Indian Hollow Road, he said.
The Kia went through a line of bushes and 51 feet through a yard before it crashed to a halt into a tree trunk, Deshuk said.
Neither was wearing a seatbelt, he said. Deshuk could not confirm the nature of the injuries, but said the man was taken to EMH Regional Medical Center and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Charges were not filed Saturday. The crash remains under investigation.
“It’s more an intentional act than it is just an accident,” Deshuk said. “So we’re considering different charges.”
Sheriff’s deputies are considering domestic violence charges due to the nature of the crash, he said.