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November 16, 2013

Police probe cites speed in fatal crash

SHARON — The probe into the crash is complete and no criminal charges will be filed in the case, Menster said.

“The city of Sharon deeply regrets the tragic loss of life that occurred on November 8,” Menster wrote in the news release.

Sharon senior football players Corey Swartz and Evan Gill, both 17, were killed in the crash, along with 50-year-old Brookfield resident John Zdelar Jr.

The police probe into the crash concluded the following:

• At 10:05 p.m. that night, Swartz was driving a 2003 Mazda Tribute sport-utility vehicle west on East Connelly Boulevard. He was wearing a seatbelt. Front seat passenger Craig Osmon wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, nor was back seat passenger Evan Gill. Police couldn’t determine if back seat passenger Greg Osmon was wearing a seatbelt or not. The Osmons are 17-year-old twins who also live in Sharon.

• At the same time, a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup operated by Zdelar and occupied by front-seat passenger Evan Wallace, 10, and rear seat passenger Blake Yendrek, 12, all of Brookfield, was eastbound on the road. All three were wearing seatbelts.

• At a point just west of the Oakland Avenue viaduct, Swartz lost control of the SUV, crossed into the opposing lane of traffic and struck the truck driven by Zdelar, “nearly head on,” according to Menster.

• Swartz and Gill were pronounced dead at the scene by Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle. Zdelar was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System. McGonigle ruled all three deaths accidental by blunt force trauma.

• Evan, Blake and Craig have been treated and released from hospitals for their injuries. Greg Osmon remains in St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

• Although toxicology results are pending, there is no indication that alcohol, drugs, texting or cellphone use was a factor in the accident.

• There were no adverse road conditions at the time of the crash.

• Based on available evidence, it is estimated the speed of the Mazda was between 55 and 60 mph at the time of the crash.

“This supports the conclusion that the speed of the Mazda was a factor in the accident,” Menster wrote in the news release.

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