Would-be Good Samaritan causes 3-car wreck, deputies say

Aaron Krause • Dec 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

A Norwalk woman with good intentions at a crash scene reportedly ended up causing a separate, three-car accident for which she received a ticket.

Jill Renee Kinnaird, 48, of 24 Justin Drive, was charged with improper parking on a highway following the early-morning accident Thursday on U.S. 250, south of Prospect Road.

Kinnaird was traveling north on U.S. 250 in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am about 1:30 a.m. when she noticed a truck off the west side of the road. It appeared the truck had been in an accident.

She told Huron County Sheriff's deputies that she saw people by the truck, so she stopped in the roadway and got out of her vehicle to check whether they needed help.

Kinnaird said they didn't need help, so she returned to her vehicle, got inside and -- before she could drive away -- a 2009 Chevy Cobalt driven by Jacqueline Scanlan, 19, of Vermilion, slammed into the back of her vehicle, deputies said.

The collision sent the Cobalt partially into a ditch with disabling damage and caused functional damage to Kinnaird's Grand Am.

Right after that, a 2010 Cobalt driven by Joshua R. Curie, 27, of Detroit, hit the rear of Scanlan's Cobalt, which sent Curie's Cobalt into the ditch as well. Curie's Cobalt also sustained disabling damage.

Neither Scanlan, nor her two passengers -- Sean Gobel, 29, and Jeffrey Croll, 28, of 7310 Mason Road, Berlin Heights -- reported injuries.

Kinnaird and Curie also escaped injury, deputies said.

"After speaking with the parties involved, they all confirmed the statement that was given by Jill (Kinnaird)," Deputy Ted A. Evans wrote in the accident report. "Jill was parked in the roadway, causing the accident."

Evans added that there is a driveway about 500 feet from the accident scene, and that would have provided a safe place for Kinnaird to park.

The New London Fire Department and Firelands Ambulance Service responded to the first accident involving the truck, a 2000 Chevrolet.

The driver, Kelsha D. Carsey, 25, of 8 Senior Drive, Greenwich, reported possible injuries.

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