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UPDATE: Toddler recovering after Tuesday crash

Melissa Topey • Jun 2, 2010 at 9:02 PM


A toddler remained in fair condition Wednesday at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo following a three-vehicle crash Tuesday at West Perkins Avenue and Caldwell Street. Stanley Griffin, 2, was flown to the hospital after the crash and continues to recover. 

Stanley was a passenger inside a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup whose roof had been removed long before the crash to make it some type of convertible, firefighters said. The doors on the pickup had also been welded shut prior to the crash.

Inside the pickup were Walter Griffin, 38, the driver, and Amanda Younce, 28, who were both taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center. The elder Griffin was later transported to St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition.

Younce was treated and released from Firelands Regional Medical Center by 10 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.

Witnesses said Younce was pinned inside the pickup and firefighters had to extricate her.

Sandusky fire Lt. Mario D’Amico said firefighters were hindered in getting occupants from the wrecked vehicle because both pickup doors had been welded shut, for some unknown reason, prior to the crash. The roof was also missing from the pickup. “It was a small, older-style pickup and the roof was off,” D’Amico said. “It appeared to be an attempt to make it a convertible-type pickup.”

D’Amico said the missing roof made the pickup’s passenger compartment less stable, and likely contributed to the vehicle collapsing in on the occupants upon impact. Stanley, the toddler, was in a car seat secured between Griffin and Younce.

Also involved in the crash was a 2009 Chevy Malibu driven by Michael Brownell.

“I was waiting to turn left,” Brownell said after the crash. “I thought everyone was stopping. All of a sudden something was coming and the airbags went off.”

The passenger-side door of his Malibu was caved in from the impact. He said he may have been pushed into something because damage was done to the left side. The car had to be towed from the scene.

The third vehicle involved in the crash was a 1994 GMC 1500 driven by Corey McKillips.

Sandusky police officers said they have received different accounts of the crash and are still investigating.

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