Grafton: 2 killed, 3 critically injured after head-on crash

10:19 PM, Jun 12, 2011   |    comments
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GRAFTON -- Two people have died and three remain hospitalized in a two-car accident that leaves a sheriff's department in mourning.

The Elyria Highway patrol received the call at 11:24 p.m. Saturday.

Thomas Tomasheski, 38, a corporal for the Lorain County Sheriff's department was headed south on State Route 83 with his wife and two children when his car was hit head-on by another driver who swerved left of center.

Gerald Weatherbee, 35, drifted off the side of the road and overcorrected the steering wheel causing him to crash into the Tomasheski family car.

Tomasheski suffered internal injuries from the accident and was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center to undergo surgery. His 13-year-old daughter, Danielle, was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's hospital.

His wife, Tammy, and his 11-year-old son, Thomas III, were both killed in the crash. The Tomasheski's were all wearing seatbelts during the crash.

Weatherbee was also injured in the crash and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, alcohol and possibly drugs are believed to have contributed to the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

The following is an excerpt of a statement released by the Lorain County Sheriff's Office:

The Lorain County Sheriff's Office mournfully regrets the loss of members of the Tomasheski family due to the tragic accident that occurred on the evening of June 11 in the Village of Grafton.

Our Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. We pray for the speedy recovery of our Officer and his daughter.

The entire staff of the Sheriff's Office feels the sorrow and grief of this tragic event as this impacts us all. We are all one large family. Through our devoted and caring support, we will get through this devastating event, together.

Corporal Tom Tomasheski, Jr. Began his tour of duty on June 6, 1997. He's an outstanding officer who has earned the respect and admiration of his co-workers through his leadership and devotion to duty.










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