Driver who escaped crash with minor injuries is charged with DUI

Man ejected; engine compartment lands across road about 100 feet from vehicle.
Cary Ashby
Jul 18, 2013


A Collins man who wasn't wearing his seatbelt had minor injuries in a crash Tuesday night that destroyed his car, the state Highway Patrol determined.

Tyler J. Coy, 23, of 2033 Wells Road, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), failure to control and a seatbelt violation in connection with the accident about 8:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Ohio 61. The Norwalk Township accident happened near Sand Road.

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

Coy was eastbound on Ohio 61 heading toward Berlin Heights, a witness said.

The four-door Dodge car stopped on the driver's side in a grove of trees. The engine compartment landed across the road about 100 feet east of the vehicle. The wheels were about 30 feet from the car in a different direction.

Coy was outside of the car when troopers arrived. Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, at the crash scene, said the driver's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

North Central EMS transported Coy to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"He was treated and released," hospital spokeswoman Johnna Young said.

The patrol reported blood was taken at Fisher-Titus, but the results are pending.

Trooper Eddie Lopez, in his report, said he found an empty beer bottle at the scene and reported Coy had slurred speech. The trooper's report also mentions an "odor," but doesn't provide any details.

Coy has a prior DUI from 2009, according to the patrol.

Norwalk firefighters and Huron County Sheriff's Detective Eric Bardar assisted troopers at the scene.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Managing editor Joe Centers contributed to this story.



DUI? Alcohol? Just glad this driver was THE ONLY ONE ...injured. Thankful there was NOONE else involved.


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You'd have to be drunk to drive a Neon.


often wondered is he responsible for getting the yard fixed ?


Had to be drunk to survive this. Seems like they always survive cause they don't brace themselves and just go with the


imagine this.. he was drinking.. wow..who would have thought!!


the only thing I'm gonna say... they said he was sitting outside the car when they got there.. they were not sure if he got out or was ejected. but unless he told them he wasn't wearing his seatbelt, what makes them think he wasn't? I'm not quite sure how you would survive this crash.. in a neon.. without wearing a seatbelt??


It does not say he was sitting.


This just in...Dodge Neon number one in crash ratings

Gone Fishing

This is just another example why duis should be a felony so many people cry that people who get f5 involving herion should get life but pay NO attention to DUIS. Not saying herion dealers should get off light I'm just saying this guy could have killed someone and I promise to god had this man killed one of my family members or loved ones he wouldnt see the light of day again. I'm just saying I think its time to take a stand against DUIS also they need to be locked away with the herion dealers also!!


In an earlier article, it stated when help arrived "he was sitting on the ground outside of the car, unknown if he willingly got out, or if he was ejected."