CAIRO — Two people were still hospitalized Saturday after a two-car accident Friday night at the intersection of Hillville Road and state Route 65 between Columbus Grove and Cairo.
The Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Cody Briggs, 17, of Lima, was driving east on Hillville Road at about 8:30 p.m. when he ran through a stop sign. He struck a vehicle traveling north on state Route 85, driven by Garry Stevens, 71, of Ottawa.
Briggs vehicle then struck two traffic signs and Stevens’ vehicle struck an embankment and utility pole. Briggs and Stevens were both treated, then released from St. Rita’s Medical Center.
One of Stevens’ passengers, Maryssa Stevens, 12, of Findlay, was taken by ambulance to St. Rita’s and then taken by helicopter to Toledo Children’s Hospital. She was in critical condition Saturday. Brandon Stevens, 15, was treated, then released from St. Rita’s.
Shawn Lambert, 18, of Elida, was in critical condition Saturday at St. Rita’s. He was a passenger in Briggs’ vehicle. Another passenger, Christopher Hartman, 17, of Columbus Grove, was treated, then released from St. Rita’s.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash. Briggs was wearing a seat belt, but his passengers were not. Everyone in the other vehicle wore seat belts.