3 injured in Clarksfield Twp. crash

Man, 80, flown from scene to Cleveland hospital.
Cary Ashby
Jan 3, 2014


Three people were injured and taken to hospitals after a two-vehicle collision.

Joseph G. Farina, 21, of St. Johns, Fla., was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign in connection with the Clarksfield Township crash Saturday at the intersection of Ohio 18 and Butler Road. Norwalk Municipal Court records indicate his initial hearing is Jan. 13.

Farina, his passenger, Marissa R.M. Sailey, 19, of 1951 Butler Road, Wakeman, and the other driver, Howard D. Bowers, 80, of 6 Hampton Way, were injured and hospitalized, according to troopers with the state Highway Patrol.

Before the collision at 12:38 p.m. Saturday, Farina was southbound on Butler Road and Bowers was westbound on Ohio 18. Troopers said after the two vehicles collided, Bowers went off the left side of the road and hit a ditch. Farina's vehicle stopped in the roadway.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Bowers from the crash site to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with minor injuries, troopers said. MetroHealth spokeswoman Hyla Winston said Thursday she couldn't find any information on a patient with that name.

Southern Lorain County EMS transported Farin and his passenger, Sailey, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries, troopers said.

"We don't have information on them in our directory," Fisher-Titus spokeswoman Deb Reed said Thursday.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage. D & K and Dendinger Bros. Car Care Center towed them from the scene.



Seen it All

Flown from the scene with minor injuries??? Who gets to pick up that tab? I am guessing every single one of us who has insurance.


He might have had minor injuries but, they were probably considering his age that he may have something more than minor injuries that may need a closer look. Something better than Butcher Titus could do.


When I got the bill for LifeFlight I would send it to the EMS, police or fire dept that made the decision to call LifeFlight. If the person had minor injuries why was LifeFlight even called? They couldn't see that it was not needed? I understand that there is protocol and that we live in a SUE HAPPY nation, but damn. She had minor injuries and probably not even kept overnight, not a patient. Something needs to change. I remember a time when LifeFlight was for people who were on deaths door. If you were on LifeFlight it was not good, people were almost dead. Now a days, no so much. Heck most do not even get admitted to the hospital. Does the insurance company even pay for it? Sounds like it is not even needed most of the time. We all know how insurance companies LOVE to deny things that are NOT needed!


I have never heard of a woman named Howard. It was an 80 year old man that was life flighted.


Sorry I was mistaken when I typed. Thank you for the correction.

Dr. Information

Lady you do not know all the details so just pipe down.


FYI...I know Howard Bowers and he was kept overnight for observation at Akron City Hospital. He wanted to be transported to Fisher-Titus, but due to his age and the fact that both cars were completely totaled, the EMS personnel insisted that he be life-flighted and checked out completely at a Level 1 trauma hospital in case there were internal injuries not readily discoverable at the scene. By the way, they had to extract him from the car. Thankfully he was wearing his seat belt and all the air bags deployed to save his life.


So which is it Metro Health or Akron? Doesn't South Lorain EMS transport to Oberlin as well?


The life flight helicopter was diverted from Cleveland Metro Health to Akron City Hospital due to overcrowding in their trauma center that day.

Kottage Kat

Praying for Pastor Bowers and the Bowers family.