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Crash victim's condition improves in hospital


CLEVELAND — The condition of a man injured in a three-vehicle crash on state Route 113 on Friday night has improved.

Michael Durkalec, 40, of Wakeman, was upgraded from what authorities said was “extremely critical condition” to serious condition, according to nursing personnel at MetroHeatlh Medical Center in Cleveland.

Durkalec, whose name was withheld Friday night until his family could be notified, was driving a 2005 Subaru Forester that attempted to pass a stopped westbound dump truck that was preparing to turn into a private drive near the intersection of Gifford Road in Henrietta Township, officials said.

Durkalec, who reportedly failed to stop in time behind the Ford F-350 dump truck, sideswiped the vehicle as it drove left of center and hit an eastbound F-150 pickup head-on, according to investigators from the Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

The F-150 was driven by Brent Leimbach, 33, of Amherst, who was listed in fair condition Saturday at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Leimbach was trapped for a time in his F-150 and had to be freed by medical personnel.

Timothy O’Brien, 43, also of Wakeman, was driving the dump truck and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by state troopers.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or

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