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Second victim of Elyria crash dies at hospital


ELYRIA — The crash that killed a Brunswick Drive woman earlier in the week has claimed another life.


Nicholas Spencer, 27, died Friday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland from injuries he received Wednesday night.
That’s when police say he drifted into oncoming traffic and struck another car head-on, killing Toni Fourdyce, 22, and injuring two of her passengers.

Spencer was rushed to the hospital by helicopter about 11:30 p.m. and had remained in critical condition until Friday morning.
Powell Caesar, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s office, said an exact cause of death had not yet been determined late Saturday.

Fourdyce and Spencer both lived in the same apartment complex.

Police say Fourdyce was pulling out of the driveway when Spencer’s Ford Contour crossed the center line and slammed nose-first into her Geo Metro.

Fourdyce’s car was flung 75 feet down the road and into a nearby field.

Firefighters found Fourdyce with her legs pinned by the wreckage and tried to free her with hydraulic jaws and rams, but she died about 25 minutes later, Elyria Fire Marshal Bob Dempsey said.

County Coroner Paul Matus said Fourdyce died from severe multiple blunt force traumas.

Two passengers in Fourdyce’s car are recovering.

Tean Bush, 20, of Cleveland, was pried loose from the twisted shell of the car and flown by helicopter to MetroHealth. He had been released late Saturday.

Josh Manning, 19, of Oberlin, was released Thursday after a brief stay at EMH Regional Medical Center.

Spencer was a mechanic at Action Muffler in Columbia Township.

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