Three hurt in two-vehicle crash

Pickup strikes car on Ohio 4 at Ohio 2 exit
Sandusky Register Staff
Sep 30, 2013


The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury crash that sent three people to the hospital Sunday evening.

Zachary McClellan, 18, of Maumee, Ohio, was driving a 1994 Ford Ranger south on Ohio 4 at 6:20 p.m., when he drove through a red light while crossing over Ohio 2. The truck struck the side of a 2008 Chrysler 300 driven by Kelly Rigoni, 38, of Port Clinton, the patrol reported. Rigoni was exiting Ohio 2 and making a left turn to head north onOhio 4.

Perkins Township EMS took Rigoni to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and she was subsequently airlifted to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, OSHP said. Her injuries were described as non-life threatening.

McClellan and his passenger, Kasey Volpitta, 17, of Whitehouse, Ohio, were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, according to the patrol.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene.

McClellan said he was distracted by an object that fell in his vehicle, and alcohol is not a factor, the patrol said.  



Another teenage driver distracted and caused an accident. Now I know that I'm going to get bombed with people yelling that anyone at any age could have gotten "distracted" by something falling over in their car but quite frankly unless it was a cup of scalding coffee/tea/whatever falling into their lap. But even then I would have hit the brakes instead of the gas. I still firmly believe that kids shouldn't have driver's licenses until they're mature enough to handle it. And in the same token once a person is past the age where they can drive safely they should give up their license as well - and I'm talking about the people that are barely able to see over their steering wheel and barely go the speed limit in any given situation (because it's just a little bit to fast for them to handle). If they still have their facilities and can control a car with complete capability, accurately and coherently I say let them keep driving. My grandfather was nearing 85 and got a speeding ticket and that's why he stopped driving - but that's the only reason. Said it didn't look right. The judge just smiled.


So at 18 this "teenager" was too YOUNG to drive? He was possibly out of school and old enough to be in college or the military. But, you still want to cry that he is too young to drive a car and pay attention? WOW. Didn't say anything about him hitting the gas instead of the brake, he drove thru a red light. can happen to anyone, any age. I am 39 years old and deathly afraid of BEES. There was one in my car the other day. Yes, I was distracted by it. By the time I got to the side of the road to safely pull over, I was GREATLY DISTRACTED BY IT. I am no where near being of TEENAGE years. It can happen to anyone. No need to blame an age group.