Minor injuries reported after car crashes into Munroe Falls cruiser on Circle

Police say driver 'blacked out' after a 'Medical event'

by Holly Schoenstein | Reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- Police say the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Munroe Falls police car blacked out due to a medical condition while driving around the Circle Jan. 5.

The 46-year-old Akron woman was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control and is scheduled to appear in Stow Municipal Court Jan. 22.

According to Tallmadge Police Lt. Ronald Williams, the city's emergency medical services transported the driver to the hospital for minor, unspecified injuries she suffered during the crash that happened around 9:30 a.m. She was released from Akron City Hospital hospital two days later.

He said the woman allegedly had a medical condition that contributed to the manner in which she was driving. He declined to disclose the specific condition because of privacy laws but said "a medical event" caused her to "black out."

"She became disoriented as she went around the Circle," Williams said, according to witnesses. "She exited abruptly [at North Avenue] and went over a traffic [divider]. The patrol car was stationary on North Avenue, waiting to enter the Circle."

The cruiser was stopped behind another southbound-facing vehicle that wasn't struck.

An on-duty Munroe Falls reserve police officer suffered bumps, bruises and abrasions from the airbag when the woman's vehicle hit his. Another Munroe Falls Police officer drove the injured officer to an unspecified Summa health care facility.

Munroe Falls Police Chief Richard Myers said his officers often drive through adjacent cities while on duty.

"This is not an uncommon occurrence for all police departments. Oftentimes they are on an errand or sometimes they are eating at a restaurant nearby. They are permitted to do so as necessary," he said.

The crash damaged the left front areas of both vehicles. Both were towed from the scene.

Myers said the cruiser struck is the department's reserve vehicle, a 2008 Police Interceptor.

"The car was likely totaled, but we don't have confirmation of that [yet]," he said. "That will be determined by the insurance company, and the adjustor has not yet made any determinations."

Myers said a brand-new cruiser will likely cost around $28,000.

Stow Sentry Reporter Jeremy Nobile contributed to this story.

Email: hschoenstein@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9428

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