Norwalk Reflector: Man airlifted from accident scene

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Man airlifted from accident scene

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Mar 2, 2019 at 11:07 PM

CATAWBA ISLAND TOWNSHIP — A man sustained serious injuries in what authorities are calling an alcohol-related traffic accident.

The one-vehicle accident happened about 10:30 p.m. Friday on Ohio 53, just north of Ohio 163, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol.

Robert Sotka, 49, of Westlake, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro south when he failed to negotiate a lefthand curve and traveled off the right side of the road, striking a guardrail, troopers said. The vehicle re-entered the road and continue to strike several more hundred feet of guardrail before eventually becoming disabled and blocking the entire southbound lane.

Sotka’s passenger, Gerald Loftus, 64, of Broadview Heights, sustained serious incapacitating injuries, troopers said. He was flown by a LifeFlight helicopter to Toledo ProMedica Hospital. No further information was available about his condition.

Troopers did not say whether Sotka was injured.

Sotka and Loftus were wearing seatbelts prior to the crash.

The vehicle was towed by Ken’s Towing.

Agencies that assisted troopers included Catawba Island Police, Catawba Island Fire Department, ProMedica LifeFlight, Ken’s Towing and ODOT.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, troopers said.

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