A two-car crash sent one man to the hospital Monday in New Russia Township.
James Malone, 56, of Oberlin, was traveling east on Butternut Ridge Road just before 2 p.m. when he attempted to turn right into Johnny’s Carryout on Rt. 58.
As he turned, his Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed into a Chrysler 300 driven by Terrell Williams, 35, also of Oberlin, who was heading west, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Ryan Alspach.
Malone’s vehicle ended up in the carry-out’s parking lot while Williams’ came to a rest in the middle of Butternut Ridge.
Both cars were heavily damaged but the drivers escaped serious injury.
Williams walked away from the scene and Malone was taken to Mercy Allen Hospital.
Leonidas Knowles, a landscaper working across the street at Discount Drug Mart at the time of the crash, ran to the scene and offered help before emergency responders arrived.
He said he watched Malone move from the driver’s seat over to the passenger’s side in his vehicle and claim the actual driver had run away.
“As I ran over here, I saw him literally push up with his arms, put himself in the passenger’s seat, then lay down,” he said. “He was conscious the whole time. I also saw him cut across the street from the far-right lane instead of using the turning lane.”
Malone already faces a driving under suspension charge from July 20, according to Oberlin Municipal Court records.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.