A nasty rollover crash killed a Lorain woman and hospitalized an Oberlin man just after midnight Saturday on Rt. 2.
Paramedics found the woman, 36-year-old Fanicia Jackson, pinned under the car. Amherst assistant fire chief Jim Wilhelm said she had been thrown through a window and the car landed on top of her.
Jackson likely died on impact.
LifeCare Ambulance workers pulled 37-year-old Delucas Lucas from the wreckage. He was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center and placed aboard a helicopter bound for MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Wilhelm said the back window and the driver’s side window were completely smashed out. It was impossible to tell who had been driving.
“Weird things happen when you roll a vehicle and you don’t have a seat belt on,” he said.
According to police, the vehicle has been spotted driving west at a high rate of speed.
The car went into the ditch on the side of the highway between North Ridge and Leavitt roads.
It hit its nose and rolled. Wilhelm said it’s unclear how many times it tumbled, but he believes it was likely just once before landing upright on its wheels.
The driver’s side was torn up, the exhaust system was ripped clean off, and the rear differential was twisted and mangled, he said.
Firefighters restricted traffic to one lane while they cleared debris 75 feet up the road that had been thrown in the crash.