Norwalk teen injured in rollover crash

Local runaway made national news as 13-year-old.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 23, 2013


A teenager was injured after a one-vehicle, roll-over accident Friday night on South Norwalk Road.

Calvin Riley, 18, of 2015 N. Old State Road, "was trapped in the vehicle," Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. The circumstances of the crash are not yet available.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the accident, click HERE.)

Three Norwalk firefighters responded to the crash site at 391 E. South Norwalk Road at 10:04 p.m. Deputies and North Central EMS also responded to the scene. Lt. Brett Beers said the Chevrolet four-door car rolled over and landed on its wheels.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Riley by removing the rear and front driver's side doors, Beers said. The crew cleaned up debris and stood by until a wrecker removed the car from the scene. Firefighters were at the scene for about one hour and 10 minutes.

North Central EMS transported Riley to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with unspecified injuries.

"I don't know anything about (his) injuries," Patrick said.

The crash remains under investigation.

As a 13-year-old in May 2009, Riley fled the state in a stolen 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck with a .22 caliber rifle in it. The case was covered by CNN, the Associated Press and other national media outlets.

Prosecutors released Riley's name to the media because he left behind a journal with the names of 33 Norwalk Catholic School (NCS) classmates and teachers who were indirectly threatened and authorities suspected he was despondent. Defense attorney Jim Sitterly said the boy's letter was a "transfer of property" to his friends.

Investigators said they suspected Riley intended to drive to Florida. There were rumors Riley took the rifle to hunt and intended to live off the land wherever he decided to stay.

The incident set off a manhunt led by the local sheriff's office. The Norwalk Police Department and one helicopter each from North Central EMS and the state Highway Patrol helped search locally for Riley.

Riley voluntarily surrendered himself to Dayton, Tenn. police the next day.

"He obviously made several bad choices, but he made a very good choice to call his mother and turn himself in," Patrick said at the time.

Authorities found a second rifle, 400 rounds of ammunition and $450 in cash in the truck.

"He had just gotten tired and wanted to go home," Dayton Police Chief Chris Sneed told The Herald-News, which covers Dayton and the Rhea County area and named the case its eighth story in its top-10 2009 stories. "He was almost in a 'help me' mode."

Riley remained in custody in Tennessee until Sheriff Dane Howard and Deputy Todd Corbin traveled there to retrieve him. After being in custody for a few weeks at the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center, the boy was released to the custody of his parents on electronically-monitored house arrest. The GPS ankle bracelet was removed by court order later.

"I knew I was going to run away," Riley told Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell.

"I told people not to come looking for me. ... If anybody came after me, I might use the gun or commit suicide," Riley said. "I didn't know law enforcement would come after me."

As part of his rules of house arrest, the boy was prohibited from being in public aside from attending church or counseling and had a no-association order with NCS staff or students. He also was prohibited from being on any NCS premises.

History virtually repeated itself Sept. 10 of that year when Riley's parents reported him missing at 6:33 a.m.

Riley again fled his rural Norwalk home, this time in a 1994 GMC pickup truck stolen from a Moriah Road home, about 1 1/2 miles away. The truck, which had about 3/4 tank full of gasoline, was parked in the driveway of the victim's home.

He was apprehended just before 3 p.m. that day in the La Point United Methodist Church parking lot in Oak Harbor in the stolen truck.

While in Ottawa County, Riley broke into a stranger's home by smashing a window with a tool to use the telephone. Once inside, the boy called a friend's parent and tried to find his friend, police said. After tracing the number to the residence, Carroll Township police responded, but didn't find Riley or the truck, only evidence of the break-in.

Riley, who turned 14 that year, wound up in custody at the Northern Ohio Juvenile Community Corrections Facility.

He remained out of the news until now.



What does something he did in the past have to do with this accident?
Let's focus on his recovery not a stupid mistake he made in 2009.


Absolutely nothing. Obviously a trouble 14 year old. Obviously first incident since he turned 18. Hope he is okay.


Absolutely everything. It's another vehicle crime involving this kid. I wonder if the alcohol test results will be published.


vehicle crime? what crime did he commit by rolling his vehicle over.


Failure to control at the least. Perhaps reckless driving or speeding. And if alcohol or drugs were in his system ...
All I'm saying is there is a pattern here. And I'm very interested in reading what the Reflector finds out from the highway patrol.




Shows a pattern .That is why judges won't allow old crimes into trials.The heli is parked at EMS,so I can Understand the wording !


Who cares what he did at 13?! Come on Reflector!

David Deerest.

Zippy, I'm sure you already ripped him a new one on the blog about his doings. Don't be yelling at the 'Reflector' for what they print. I'll lay money on it you already had something negative to say when he was 13. Look up the article yourself and see.


Call him a kid - he could be drafted though. Wait & see before you judge. Of course all here were flawless at any age...time will tell.


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I hope he is okay. Shame on Reflector for bringing up his mistakes when he was a juvenile!


Mistakes? Try criminal activity. Hit list! In this day of school shootings, that was a very scary thing at St. Paul. And had this been a one-time thing, as sensational as it was, I could understand maybe letting it go after five years. But he did it again! Stole a car, fled the area, broke into a home ... I'm glad the Reflector publishes stories like this, because we need to be aware of people like this. How long was he locked up in the DH, anyway? Maybe he just got out when he turned 18??? That would explain the past four years of no trouble.


He just graduated from EHOVE with in my son's class. He got along well with his classmates. Maybe, just maybe, this was just an accident. Don't condemn him because of things that happened when he was 13.

Kottage Kat

Prayers for u Calvin
Hang tuff



Some call it mistakes. I call it a pattern. Just sayin


How sad that an incident which happened five years ago when this person was a a child would be brought up in this article. Prayers for this young man and his family.

It's a Jeep thing

Agree with wow. Put him away for awhile...


come on 13 and stealing car and that is far from flawless. At 13 I was teeping houses not stealing cars and running away not even close on your comment. We will see this name again


I hardly call a five year gap a pattern. He wrecked his car and some of you want to throw the book at him-why, because he wrecked his car? Unless you have walked in this persons shoes, you have no right to judge him, and no I do not know him. For all you know, he could be fighting for his life while you are busy dragging his name through the mud. Sad.


Ummm, Norwalk Reflector staff.. North Central EMS doesn't own a Helicopter....


No reason to bring up an old story. Especially when it almost 5 years old. Hoping he is okay since this article is apparently focused on other unnecessary situations.
Prayers to him and his family.


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I just hope he's ok he's in my family's thoughts and prayers! And a major screw you to all of you hate filled people that can't see beyond his past actions.

A Marine Mom

Things like this is what makes Norwalk Norwalk. People are only known and remembered for the wrong they did, whether it was yesterday or 20 years ago. Everyone changes except those who cling to other peoples mistakes and this article is a prime example. What a shame.

Cliff Cannon

@ A Marine Mom : Amen


what does getting in a car accident have anything to do with what he did 5 years ago? accidents happen. this story and 5 years ago have no relevance. i hope hes okay. people change, just because he made a dumb mistake as a child, doesn't make him a bad person now.

Kottage Kat

Thank you.


It's a Jeep thing

Blah blah. Nobody cares, let's talk about the airport again, or maybe county budget. People crash cars everyday.


Leave it to the Norwalk Reflector and its reporters to put this additional story from the past in this article.