In a report filed by an attending officer, Donald and Alice McCracken, of Ashland, were heading to dinner when their 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was forced off the road by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado.
By the time first-responders arrived, the Silverado appeared to be empty, with both the front and side airbags deployed. The vehicle’s driver, Anthony Hamilton, was sitting along the side of the road, speaking with on-lookers.
Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney said Hamilton admitted he was tired as he made his way back from a day of fishing at Lake Erie.
“Basically, this individual fell asleep at the wheel while heading southbound on Benedict,” Conney said. “When he went left-of-center, he hit the Equinox, forcing it westbound off the roadway.”
All three people involved in the incident were transported (across the road) to Fisher-Titus Medical Center — Donald McCracken was bleeding from a cut on his arm, Alice also was bleeding with a bruised knee. Hamilton sustained an injury on his left wrist and was issued a citation.
Had it not been for the considerable damage and debris, it might have appeared the two Chevys were additions to Smiley Automotive’s Milan Ave. dealership, as Tony, an employee, said “I didn’t see anything, but I heard a loud crash,” at about 4:40 p.m.
In addition to Norwalk police, firefighters and North Central EMS crews assisted at the accident scene along with Jensen Towing.