ELYRIA — The young mother of a 7-month-old girl was killed in a head-on crash Wednesday night just outside her Elyria home.
|Toni Fourdyce and her daughter|
Toni Fourdyce, 22, had just pulled out of her Brunswick Drive apartment complex and was heading east at 11:20 p.m. when a speeding Ford Contour went left of center and slammed into her Geo Metro, according to Elyria police.
Fourdyce was conscious when Elyria firefighters arrived, but her legs were pinned inside the wreckage, and a combination of hydraulic jaws and rams were called in to extricate her.
Elyria Fire Marshal Bob Dempsey said that by the time crews peeled the vehicle away from her, roughly 25 minutes later, it was too late.
Fourdyce died from severe multiple blunt force traumas, according to county Coroner Paul Matus.
One of the passengers in Fourdyce’s vehicle, Teaun Bush, 20, of Cleveland, also had to be extricated and was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in good condition Thursday.
A second passenger, Josh Manning, 19, of Oberlin, was treated at EMH Regional Medical Center and released Thursday.
Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said the driver of the Ford Contour, Nicholas Spencer, 27, of Wellington, was traveling faster than the posted 25-mph speed limit when he went left of center and collided with Fourdyce’s car, although exactly how fast he was going has yet to be determined.
He was the only one in the vehicle and also was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Thursday.
The force of the crash sent Fourdyce’s vehicle flying backward more than 75 feet into a nearby field.
At this time, there’s no indication that alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor, Eichenlaub said, and the investigation into the crash is continuing.
Fourdyce grew up in Wellington, graduated from Wellington High School and enjoyed art and listening to music, according to her 19-year-old brother, Tomas Fourdyce.
“She loved life, her child and her friends,” he said. “She was very soft-hearted and a very open-hearted person. She would cry over a dead deer on the ground.”
Tomas Fourdyce said his sister’s baby, Adellina Fourdyce, meant the world to his sister and had just turned 7 months old.
The Fourdyce family will split custody of the child with the baby’s father — Toni Fourdyce’s former boyfriend — and will take care of her the way Toni Fourdyce would’ve wanted, Tomas Fourdyce said.
“We’ll make sure she has the upbringing she deserves,” he said. “She has a very bright future ahead."
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