Two people thrown from car in Springfield Township crash, troopers suspect alcohol a factor

Victims taken to Akron City Hospital

SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio - Investigators said alcohol appears to be a factor in a Summit County crash that caused two people to be thrown from a car.

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. on State Route 241 (Massillon Road) and Killian Road in Springfield Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver, 23-year-old Joshua Poulson of Hartville, was heading south on SR 41 when he lost control around a curve, crossed the center line and struck a guardrail. Both Poulson and his passenger, 23-year-old Amber Helems of Akron, were thrown from the Jeep.

Troopers said Helems suffered serious injuries and was taken to Akron City Hospital, where she is in critical condition.

Poulson was taken to the same hospital to be treated for minor injuries, the patrol said.

Investigators said neither Poulson nor Helems was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

In addition to suspecting alcohol as a factor in the crash, troopers said they found a marijuana smoking pipe inside the Jeep.

No charges have been filed yet. The patrol said the crash remains under investigation.

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