SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Several children were injured after a car crashed into a church in Sheffield Township Saturday night.
The Elyria Post of the State Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 6:31 p.m. on Broadway Avenue in front of the Broadway Assembly Church.
Troopers arrived on scene and located a black Ford Fusion crashed into the Broadway Assembly Church on the northwest corner of the building. Fire and EMS personnel were already on scene. No other vehicles were involved and no one was injured inside the church building.
Evidence on scene revealed the black Ford Fusion was traveling southbound on Broadway Ave. when the vehicle went left of center and off the east side of Broadway Ave. The vehicle struck a mailbox, two traffic sign posts and an embankment. The vehicle continued across the parking lot of Broadway Assembly before striking landscape rocks, a mailbox, and finally, the church building. There was significant damage to the church building with exterior rocks and bricks being thrown into the classroom.
There was a church function inside the church at the time; however, no one was in the classroom where the damage occurred.
The driver, identified as 26-year-old Jose A. Guerra, of Lorain, sustained non-incapacitating injuries from the crash and was wearing safety belt. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as a factor in the crash. Mr. Guerra does not have a valid driver’s license.
Several children inside the vehicle sustained the following injuries:
-Alyssa Leos, 12, of Lorain - back seat unrestrained, minor injuries
-Emily Velez, 7, of Lorain –front seat wearing a lap and shoulder belt, serious injuries
-Jose Howard-Guerra, 10, of Lorain – back seat unrestrained, serious injuries
-Jozaiah A Guerra, 6, of Lorain – back seat floorboard unrestrained, serious injuries
-Arisol Price, 14, of Lorain – back seat unrestrained, minor injuries
-Jaden Guerra, 7, of Lorain – back seat unrestrained, no injuries.
There were no booster seats in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
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