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Driver passes out at the wheel at busy Boardman intersection


Published: Thu, December 7, 2017 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Jordyn Grzelewski

jgrzelewski@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

As Erica Wenger was pulling out of her driveway Wednesday morning, her young children with her, she said she saw a car “flying” down Indianola Road, almost hitting her.

After pulling out of her driveway, she said she then saw the car swerve more than once, nearly hitting other cars in oncoming traffic, then come to a stop at Indianola and Southern Boulevard.

“We sat through three green lights, and this guy didn’t move,” she said.

Wenger captured what happened next in a video she later shared on Facebook. Police officers and emergency responders are seen at the intersection, pulling a male out of a vehicle and carrying him away.

Police suspect the man overdosed on a drug, and said he later could be charged with operating a vehicle while impaired if that is the case. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The incident left Wenger shaken. In the video, which as of Wednesday afternoon had been viewed more than 1,700 times, she can be heard crying.

“It was not what I expected this morning,” she told The Vindicator. “It never crossed my mind that it could be someone overdosing on a drug.”

“This is something you see on the news, not something you see in your driveway or on your street,” she added.

This is not the first time a driver’s apparent overdose has been in the news.

Last month, the Dayton Daily News reported, a firefighter-paramedic who apparently came into contact with a drug while responding to an overdose had to be revived himself while driving the overdose victim to the hospital.

Last year, a photo of two adults passed out in a vehicle, with a young child in the vehicle, went viral after East Liverpool’s police chief shared it.

Wenger said she hopes Wednesday’s incident spurs lawmakers to take stronger action on the opioid epidemic and people who use drugs and then get behind the wheel of a car.

“Socially, we have a responsibility that the public is safe and these people get some kind of help,” she said.


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