Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-04
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*** t* * n Faith Baptist marks 50th — Page 7 | Garden Club lodges concerns — Pa* Amherst News-Time WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2002 AMHERST, OHIO O (-> o o o to x x r- 00 m i-( C IP o o 3 x C"<lH c m m (fl r w ® 3 H (-• 3> O ~~» 7) (S> > H M < O -^ m x» e» i- oo CO o o o X 3 Helmet would not save Mirand GO ro by JASON HAWK ■ ■ ■ i n ■ — ■ i News-Times reporter The fact that neither girl was wearing a bicycle helmet on Monday, Aug. 26, when Miranda Ward and Jolynn Hardie were struck by a driver on Pyle South Amherst Road in South Amherst made no difference, according to Lorain County coroner Paul Matus. Although Hardie was examined at the scene and released, her cousin, Ward, 12, a seventh-grade student at South Amherst Middle School, was pronounced dead at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria. Matus said the autopsy indicated that she died of severe head trauma. "In this particular case, I'm not sure that a bike helmet would have helped in the least," he said. "They're flimsy and may help if you fall off your bike in the driveway, but they're not meant to withstand collisions with vehicles." According to Matus, no safety equipment could have helped avoid the injuries that led to Ward's death. The source of those injuries — whether they were caused by a direct vehicular blow, from impact with the ground, or from contact with her bicycle — have not yet been determined. Matus is also not sure how far Ward and Hardie were dragged by the vehicle, although the State Highway Patrol estimated about 320 feet, from which Ward sustained multiple bone fractures and other serious injuries not detailed by the county coroner's office. Also undetermined is the speed at which the vehicle was traveling. "We're not sure how fast the car was moving," said Matus. "But even when a car is only traveling 30 mph, and it strikes a pedestrian, he or she can get carried way down the road," he said. "It's like a cue ball," said Matus. "When it strikes another ball that's sitting perfectly still, the energy is transferred, and that ball is instantaneously moving at high speed. It's the same here. If she was only going five mph and was struck by a car moving at 40 mph, she would in stantly have been propelled ahead at 40 mph." In such a scenario, Ward and Hardie were completely vulnerable, no matter what safety precautions were taken, Matus said. The driver of the vehicle, Jo- nathon Williams, 43, of Amherst, fled the scene of the crash but later turned himself in to Amherst police later that evening. CONTINUED on page 12 Administration offers alternate plan to change voter districts by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter Administrative staff and two members of city council have ironed out their differences over the reapportionment of voting district lines. Safety/service director Sher- rill McLoda met with Ward Four councilwoman Jennifer Wasilk on Aug. 22 to resolve the dispute after Wasilk and councilmember Nick Bnisky accused the mayor and his administration of gerrymandering the districts to favor his political party. McLoda presented revised numbers and an updated map that included changes requested by councilmembers. "These were not minor changes," said Wasilk, who cited 29 changes to the map, including eight instances in which census blocks were reassigned to different wards. McLoda disagreed, admitting that while there were clerical errors in the administration's map, wards were still within an acceptable 1.S percent margin of each other. "The maps would have been correct if council had time in its July meetings to listen to explanations for some of the shuffling," said McLoda. "This was a very complex issue. These differences between maps weren't just typographical errors. Things were moved between our meetings. We were trying to get it as precise as we could," said McLoda. Wasilk and Bnisky accepted the changes and retracted their protests. "I'm glad that these issues were resolved so that the Fourteenth Amendment rights of the citizens of Amherst have been preserved," said Wasilk. McLoda told the News- Times that any disparities were not the result of ill intent "I don't know where Republicans or Democrats live. I don't care. I had no interest in trying to make the voting districts unfair," she said. "That would be almost an impossible task anyway," she said. The redistricting proposal was tabled until council could bold an ordinance committee meeting earlier this week. Smashing success Comet Man and the marching band looked on while Amherst "J08 Midview car at a pep rally sponsored by the Amherst Athletic football team members took turns swinging a sledgehammer at Boosters Club. Cops reward McBucklers with McPrize by JASON HAWK News-Times reporter They're everywhere you look. They're on lawns. They're on driveways. They're on school busses. Red and white signs that dot the Amherst landscape send a clear message about seat belt safety to residents, thanks to the efforts of the Amherst Police Department. • The department has been recognized as one of the stale's top 10 participants in the "What's Holding You Back?" campaign. Program organizers at the Ohio Department of Public Safety challenged mare than 700 safety part- den across Ohio to raise seat belt usage by IS percent over the next several months. • Safety experts estimate that if Ohio residents increased seat belt lire by 80 percent, 120 lives would be saved annually. [ Ohio's usage rale jumped from 64 percent to 70 percent following the program's initial enforcement wave held over Memorial Day weekend. High numbers of citations have been issued for non-compliance to seat bek laws along the Route 2 •pys-rinsi since the campaign's calling the project Ohio's "largest, most comprehensive seat belt campaign in state history." The "best of the best" of Ohio law enforcement participating in the program gathered in Columbus on Aug. 27 to be recognized for their contributions. Amherst police were among the top 10 to receive honors. The other nine top contenders were: Delphos, Hiram, Miami Township, Niles, Oregon, Ravenna, and Reynoldsburg Police Departments and the Stark and Summit County sheriffs offices. A committee of highway safety professionals selected the 10 final- isu based on their adoption of a zero tolerance policy for teat belt violators in addition to public outreach and community education efforts. The 10 selective agencies were rewarded for their hard work by being placed into a drawing to win free safety equipment, including in- car video and laser gun, each valued at over $4,000, and a new patrol car, valued at over $30,000, which was purchased with federal grant dollars. Officer James Triples of the Rey- noldsburg Police Department pulled the winning key that started the prize cruiser. Amherst police do not plan lo discontinue teat belt enforcement efforts. Amherst police officers hand out orxipone tor free burgers to i bek users at McOonalda on Leavitt Road aa part of the **Whafa Hotting You Back?" canpalgn. Those caught wNhout seat btkXt onaeat bet j »*i
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-09-04|
|Date of Original||04-SEP-2002|
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