Two killed, another hospitalized in head-on crash

Staff Report

A head-on crash took the lives of a husband and wife Tuesday afternoon, while another driver was cut out of his car and flown to Cleveland for treatment.

Leon Clowtis, 63, and Susan Clowtis, 59, of Norwalk, were killed just before 4 p.m. on US 20 just east of the Rt. 58 intersection in Pittsfield Township.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said their 2007 Chevy Aveo was slammed full-on by a 2011 Ford Edge that went left of center.

Benny Riggs, 75, of Elyria, was behind the wheel of the Ford and “sustained incapacitating injuries,” troopers said.

There is no word at this point about what caused him to drift into oncoming traffic. The OSHP said the Clowtises swerved to the right to try to avoid the Edge but couldn’t get away in time.

Rescuers had to mechanically extricate Riggs from his car. Lifeflight took him to MetroHealth Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Lorain County sheriff’s deputies closed down the highway all the way back to the Rt. 511 ramps, rerouting rush hour traffic around the horrific crash site. The stretch remained closed two and a half hours.

Oberlin police and firefighters from both Oberlin and Wellington helped on the scene. Central Lorain County EMS, Life Care EMS, D&A Towing, and ODOT all responded as well.

Staff Report