Wooster man dead, 7 others injured in Wayne County crash

WOOSTER, Ohio - One man is dead and seven other people injured after a two-car crash in Wayne County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred Saturday at about 7 p.m. in Canaan Township, which is about four miles north of Wooster.

Melvin Romanchik, 36, of Wooster, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said Romanchik was driving a red 1996 Pontiac Sunfire west on County Road 48 (also called Pleasant Home Road) when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection to State Route 3 (also called Cleveland Road).

Romanchik's vehicle struck a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which went off the road on the northwest side of the intersection, overturned, struck a timber fence and came to rest right side up.

A 59-year-old Wooster man and Romanchik's 5-year-old son were passengers in the Sunfire. The child was flown by medical helicopter to Akron Children's Hospital. The man was taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Hospital.

A 44-year-old Wooster man, his wife and their three children were in the Trailblazer. One of the children was flown to Akron Children's Hospital. The other four people were taken to Wooster Hospital.

The intersection of State Route 3 and County Road 48 was closed for approximately four hours following the crash.

This is the tenth fatal crash in Wayne County in 2012, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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