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Medina driver killed on Route 57 in Wadsworth Twp.; second fatal crash of the week in county


WADSWORTH TWP. — For the second time in three days, a car crash on a Medina County highway has claimed a life.

This time, a 35-year-old Medina man died in a crash that closed state Route 57. The two-vehicle crash happened about 9:20 a.m. Friday, just south of Interstate 76.

According to a release from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Nolan Fitch was traveling southbound on Route 57 in a 2010 Mazda 5 when it went left of center and struck a 2011 black Ford Explorer head-on.

The Wadsworth Fire and Rescue pronounced Fitch dead at the scene.

He was not wearing a seat belt, the release said.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was David Robinson, 31, of Rittman. Robinson was traveling northbound on Route 57.

Wadsworth and Rittman EMS transported Robinson and three occupants in his vehicle to Akron City Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital and Akron General Hospital, respectively, with non-life threatening injuries.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Wadsworth police assisted the Highway Patrol.

The crash remains under investigation.

This is the second fatal crash in Medina County this week.

On Wednesday, a 73-year-old woman was killed after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Spieth and Abbeyville roads in York Township.

A Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 71-year-old Paul Johnson, of Ashland, failed to yield at a stop sign at Spieth Road and collided with a Ford Super Duty pickup truck driven by Richard Gasser, 63, of Creston, the Highway Patrol said in a news release.

Johnson’s passenger, Natalie Johnson, 73, was given CPR at the scene, but rescues workers could not revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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