OVI charges pending in head-on collision

Cary Ashby • Aug 31, 2019 at 1:09 PM

The driver in a head-on collision faces a possible charge of operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).

Johnny O. Allison Jr., 47, of Norwalk, was charged with going left of center in connection with a multiple-injury accident Tuesday afternoon on Ohio 61. The crash happened about 3:12 p.m. near Hairway 61 Salon & Spa, 151 E. Ohio 61.

“We are currently in the process of getting a search warrant to get the results from the hospital,” said Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

“Charges of OVI will be pending,” he added, referring to Allison.

Sgt. Evan Stevens was one of three troopers at the crash site. He has said “alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash” without elaborating.

Allison was northbound on Ohio 61 in a 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Stevens said the driver went left of center and collided head-on with the southbound 2014 Lincoln MKX driven by Pamela J. Muehling, 71, of Berlin Heights.

After the collision, the Lincoln went off the right side of Ohio 61. The truck driven by Allison stopped in the road and had significant front-end damage.

Allison’s passenger was Guillermo O. Zamano Jr., 30, of Norwalk.

“Mr. Allison and Mr. Zamano were not wearing their seat belts,” Stevens said. “The only one (who) was wearing one was Pamela.”

North Central EMS transported the three occupants to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Gockstetter said in this type of situation, hospital staff members routinely draw blood or test the occupants for alcohol.

Lynne Bayley, of Monroeville, was getting her hair cut at Hairway 61 when she said she and several other people in the salon “heard a loud bang.”

“Immediately we jumped up and ran out the door. One man was stumbling on the ground, getting out of the pickup; they both were,” said Bayley, who used her “hair cape” to apply pressure to “the big gash” on Zamano’s head.

“There was blood coming out of his head, so I told him to lay down. I didn’t have to do CPR, but I had to apply presure on his forehead,” said the woman who retired from the U.S. Air Force.

After Bayley got the man to calm down, she had him keep the gown on his head while she checked on Muehling in the Lincoln.

“She handed me her car keys because I thought I could get (one door unlocked) and get in through the back, but it wouldn’t work,” Bayley said.

“Her knees were pinned in by the dash. … She looked bad, but not like these other two,” she added. “(Allison) said his legs were completely numb, so we didn’t even touch him. We just made him stay put.”

In addition to North Central EMS, the Norwalk Fire Department, Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy Abby Steinmetz and a Metro LifeFlight ambulance assisted troopers at the crash site. Norb’s Towing & Recovery arrived at 4:05 p.m.

“The two men visibly looked really bad,” Bayley said. “They lady had her seat belt on. … She said she was on her way to see her grandson.”

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