UPDATED: Two flown to hospital after hitting tree


A driver and passenger were evacuated by air after their vehicle struck a tree on SR 247 Saturday, according to Branden Jackman, public information officer for Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Bob Burd told The Times-Gazette that Frank Ciresice, 42, Michigan, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am southbound on SR 247 near Green Road in Liberty Township around 1 p.m. Saturday when he drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected, drove through the oncoming lane, knocked down a mailbox and hit a tree.

Burd said Ciresice was entrapped in the front seat and had to be extricated by emergency responders using the Jaws of Life.

According to Jackman, Ciresice was evacuated by helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries, while the passenger, Lisa Mann, 38, also of Michigan, was transported with some scrapes and bruises.

According to Burd, drugs and alcohol are not suspected to have been a factor in the crash, although Ciresice will be cited for failure to control.

Jackman said MedFlight and UC Health Air Care responded.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.

OSHP: Driver will be cited for failure to control

By David Wright

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