UPDATE: Troopers say 18-year-old Storm Lanier passed away Tuesday at Cleveland Metro as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash.
MARGARTETTA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle serious injury crash that occurred Monday at approximately 1:19 a.m. on State Route 101 at the intersection of State Route 2 in Margaretta Township, Erie County.
Jocelyn L. Cherry, age 19, of Sandusky, was operating a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Cherry sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Cleveland Metro Medical Center.
It is unknown if Cherry was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.
Storm Lanier, age 18, of Sandusky, was a passenger in Cherry’s vehicle and also sustained incapacitating injuries and was also transported to Cleveland Metro. It is unknown in Lanier was wearing a safety belt, either.
Timothy A. Schwanger, age 62, of Sandusky, was operating a 2019 Dodge Ram. Schwanger sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Firelands Hospital in Sandusky.
Cherry was southbound on SR 101 while Schwanger was traveling eastbound on the SR 2 deceleration ramp to SR 101. Schwanger was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto SR 101. Cherry failed to stop at a red light and struck Schwanger on the driver side, according to troopers.
Alcohol and/or drug use are believed to be a factor, troopers said. The crash remains under investigation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on-scene by Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Margaretta Township Fire and EMS, Perkins Township EMS, and Foster’s Automotive & Towing.