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Toddler remains critical after crash

Courtney Astolfi • Mar 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers continue to investigate a Tuesday-morning crash that left a 3-year-old boy in critical condition.

The child’s mother, Heather Russell, 23, of Bellevue, has yet to be cited. Russell’s car slammed into the rear of a garbage truck at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday on Mason Road, Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said.

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   Her son, Nevan Jordan, sustained serious head injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital following the crash. DeChoudens said the boy remains there in critical condition.

Investigators are not yet sure why Russell’s car collided with the truck, as she had just turned off Ohio 269 and traveled about 500 feet when the crash occurred, troopers said.

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Troopers later interviewed a doctor who pulled the boy from the vehicle and treated his injuries at the scene. They learned the boy was indeed secured in a booster seat when the doctor arrived, but have not determined if the booster seat was properly attached to the car, DeChoudens said.

Meanwhile, troopers said they’re processing a blood sample drawn from Russell to test for any possible drug use. They are also processing her phone to determine if she was driving while distracted, DeChoudens said.

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