A medical episode — likely a heart attack — caused an Oberlin man to veer off the road and crash Thursday in Pittsfield Township.
Albert Salzer, 69, was heading west on US 20 when he lost control of his 2014 Nissan Versa near the Rt. 58 intersection at approximately 4:50 p.m., according to investigators. There were no passengers in the car or other vehicles involved.
Salzer was taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where he remained in critical condition as of Friday morning.
Sgt. David Dylag of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee said a medical episode caused the crash. Responders from the Central Lorain County Ambulance District administered CPR to Salzer on the ground just outside his driver’s door.
“Witnesses say he just went off the road with no warning signs beforehand,” Wetherbee said. “He had a pulse when he left the scene but wasn’t conscious. He had a pulse and was breathing.”
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