3-year-old severely injured in crash

(UPDATED WITH FULL STORY) Car slammed into stopped garbage truck on Mason Road, just east of Ohio 269
Courtney Astolfi
Mar 19, 2014

UPDATED WITH FULL STORY
A 3-year-old Bellevue boy was severely injured Tuesday morning when his mother’s car rear-ended a stopped garbage truck on Mason Road, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said.

Nevan Jordan, of North Sandusky Street, was rushed by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then flown to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he was listed in critical condition late in the evening, officials said.

The driver — Nevan’s mother, Heather Russell, 23, of the same address — suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, Trooper Hector Burgos said. Russell was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the garbage truck, Brian Bowers, 44, of Vickery, was not injured.

Russell was not wearing her seat belt, and troopers are trying to determine if Nevan was properly restrained in his car seat, which was in the vehicle’s backseat.

Russell had turned off Ohio 269 at about 9:15 a.m. and was headed east on Mason Road in her Pontiac Grand Am when about 550 feet down Mason Road, her car slammed into the back of a Cyclone Services garbage truck, troopers said.

The garbage truck had been pulled over and the worker was loading trash from a nearby home.

Dr. Steven Sparks, a local doctor, happened to be driving by after the collision.


He stopped at the scene and quickly tended to Nevan. “I was the first one there and then got the child out of the car,” Sparks said. “The car was smoking — I thought it was important to get the kid out and get him far enough from the wreck. We cleared out his airway, then got him to the fire crew when they got there”

Margaretta Township firefighters arrived at the scene, followed closely behind by Erie County deputies and Highway Patrol troopers.

Paramedics rushed Nevan and Russell to Firelands Regional Medical Center. From there Jordan was flown by medical helicopter to the Toledo hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.

Troopers do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, but they are looking into other possible causes. They took a sample from Russell for a blood test, and they were working to access her phone Tuesday afternoon to see if she was driving while distracted.

“We do have a search warrant in the process to check for any texting,” Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said. “It’s not an accusation, but we need to make sure we rule those things out”

Mason Road was closed for about three hours after the crash as troopers worked to reconstruct the collision. They’re trying to determine if Nevan was properly restrained in his car seat.

“There was a booster seat in the vehicle, but when we got there the child was out of the vehicle,” DeChoudens said.

Troopers plan to follow up with Sparks to determine the child’s position in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation, and Russell had not been cited as of late Tuesday.

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A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition at a Toledo hospital after suffering injuries in a crash Tuesday morning on Mason Road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Sandusky post. 

Nevan Jordan, of Bellevue, was a backseat passenger in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am driven by his mother, Heather Russell, 23, of Bellevue. The Pontiac was headed east on Mason Road when at about 9:15 a.m. it slammed into the back of a stopped garbage truck, troopers said.

Nevan was in a car seat, although troopers said they're still investigating to determine if the child was properly fastened into the seat. Troopers also said they're working to obtain a search warrant to access Russell's phone records, to see if she may have been distracted by her phone while driving.

"It's not an accusation," Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said. "We need to make sure we rule those things out."

Nevan was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then flown by helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Russell suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, troopers said. She was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center

Brian Bowers, 44, of Vickery, was the employee driving the garbage truck for Cyclone Services, out of Vickery. He was not injured, troopers said.

Margaretta firefighters and Erie County deputies assisted Highway Patrol troopers at the scene.

Pick up Wednesday's Register to read about local Dr. Steven Sparks, who came upon the scene and tended to Nevan.

Comments

lugnut2511

Sending prayers out to that family and hoping everything works out.

Weather.78

Thank God the child was in the back seat.

reddog

Prayers to the family that both the adult and the baby are safe.

boysnlynn

Blanketing all those involved in prayers.

Restless1

Sorry for them. Distracted driver? Trash pickup trucks are hard to see because of their size.

OMGreally

I figured probably texting while driving, but those garbage trucks are pretty stealthy, but that being said..good thoughts for the driver and the poor baby

Harley

Just turning onto Mason from 269 heading east the sun would have been in the drivers eyes and maybe She wasn't expecting something going slow or stopped.

Citizen of Bellevue

Prayers sent to this family! Regardless of what the driver should of done ! A two year old child is hurt and he/she needs lots of prayers!

CAST THE FIRST STONE

any stopped vehicle on a highway is dangerous. seems like we are lucky it does not happen more often..prayers

Factitious

It doesn't happen more often because responsible drivers are unimpaired, attentive, and maintain an assured clear distance. It's amazing that anyone thinks encountering something unexpected obstructing the road is an excuse to run into it.

indolent indiff...

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Good 2 B Me

All that it takes is to look away for a second and wham!

Be careful out there on the road people, life is very fragile!

starryeyes83

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worddrow811

and I suppose you are? everyone has had near-misses while driving and it's only by the grace of God that it's not one of us. Count your blessings and pray for them instead of criticizing.

starryeyes83

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worddrow811

oh wait, you're assuming you know things and fault everyone else. maybe she didn't see the trash truck because she had turned around to take care of the child for a split second instead of pulling off the road. I don't know what happened and neither do you.

starryeyes83

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worddrow811

what I said doesn't matter. I am not an accident reconstructionist, nor am I judging her for what happened. the most important thing at this time is to pray for them and I'm very sorry that you don't seem to have that capacity. note; I said 'seem' which is not to say you do one way or the other. I'll pray for you.

starryeyes83

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Citizen of Bellevue

You know what staryeyes83 take your negativity somewhere else ... its amazing you constantly get on here and judge others ... you must know everyone... mother of the year ?? Really get a life and quit blasting people .... an innocent child was involved! Prayers to nevan!!!

starryeyes83

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worddrow811

The truth is not always your version of the truth and all of us know people. so what? your personality comes through in your writings and that is the truth as I see it.

starryeyes83

Check her driving convictions from the last 6 months: under suspension, driving while texting, failure obey traffic control device... public record in more than one county, Sandusky, Huron, Erie. I could care less what you think. You defend criminals. according to you they just make mistakes, do you defend child predators as well?

starryeyes83

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starryeyes83

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A Young Adult's...

People are quick to judge. I do not know her, and am really hoping the toddler is okay. The most dangerous weapon out there is the automobile. Always, always, always be alert while driving.

starryeyes83

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CONCERNED MOM

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CONCERNED MOM

P.s. SR flip your second pic upside down thanks

DGMutley

Even with flashing lights and the best of conditions it is sometimes hard to determine that a vehicle is stopped dead in the road.

I hope Nevan is ok. Hang in there mom!

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