Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Man Ejected From Car During Crash, Survives

A dashcam video released by the Ohio Highway Patrol shows a man being thrown from his vehicle after he lost control and crashed while driving in icy conditions on Interstate 90 in January.

The Cleveland resident, Edward Wallace, 26, escaped with minor injuries, but OHP released the video as a warning to motorists to drive carefully when roads are covered with snow and ice.

According to a report on the Jan. 12 crash from Cleveland police, Wallace was driving too fast for the conditions on I-90 westbound near Neff Road in his 2005 Ford Explorer.

He lost control and struck the rear of a 1986 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Dean Bell, 61, of Sheffield Lake. Wallace's car hit the concrete barrier on the left and the wheels of the Explorer actually went on top of the barrier. It then went across four lanes and crashed into the barrier on the right, but not before ejecting Wallace out of the driver's side window and into the highway.

Wallace can be seen in the video staggering to his feet and making his way to the side of the highway.

Police estimate Wallace was traveling 70 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Wallace was treated and released at MetroHealth Medical Center for facial and back injuries. Bell was treated at MetroHealth for a concussion and back injuries.

Wallace was cited for willful wanton disregard for safety, the report shows.

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