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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.
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.
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.