Man identified in fatal Boardman crash

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was killed in a Wednesday morning crash along Market Street in Boardman as Jonathan D. Wood, 42, of Springfield, Ala.

A Boardman police report states that an officer spotted Wood driving through a red light at Market Street and Indianola Road at 1:07 a.m. and committing a lane violation. The officer tried to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued south on Market without stopping. The officer observed the truck veer toward the west side of the road, sideswiping a utility pole near Erskine Avenue before returning to Market Street.

At Market Street and Brookfield Avenue, the vehicle left the road on the east side, striking a Western Reserve Transit Authority bus traffic sign, then striking a utility pole, causing the truck to roll once and come to rest on the lawn of Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly Campus. The impact separated the utility pole from its base, moving it about 7 feet and disabling the vehicle.

It caused utility wires to fall to the road and resulted in a power outage and road closure.

Other officers, including a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, arrived to shut down Market Street. Wood was found unconscious and lying across the front seat of the truck. He had visible injuries to his face, and items from the truck were strewn about inside the truck.

Ambulance personnel took Wood to St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and an officer also went to the hospital to collect a blood sample from Wood.

That officer reported responding to the location of the chase and seeing the crash in the distance.

Later, he observed ambulance personnel and Boardman firefighters performing CPR on Wood. The officer learned that Wood had a pulse at the hospital but was in critical condition with injuries to his chest.

Wood was flown to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital by helicopter, where he died.

Sgt. Glenn Patton investigated the crash after the Ohio State Highway Patrol declined to handle it. The patrol did assist with a sketch and measurements of the accident, the report states.

Ohio Edison removed the wires from the road, and the Ohio Department of Transportation set up barricades and shut down Market Street until the utility pole was replaced.

Market Street was closed until late Wednesday for repairs by FirstEnergy.



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