Police cruiser crash injures four

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office Major Jeff Allen said Wednesday that a deputy involved in a crash Tuesday morning is still in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

The three-vehicle crash involving the Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputy sent four people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at 2:43 p.m. on U.S. Route 224 at Hillside Drive and is still under investigation.

A report states the deputy, John Tomaino Jr., was responding to a backup call from Canfield police in reference to a subject with a warrant and was driving east on Route 224 with his lights and sirens activated. He was driving a 2007 Ford Mustang police cruiser.

The patrol said a 2014 GMC Acadia was heading south on Hillside Drive and a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis was heading north on Hillside Drive when the crash occurred. The GMC Acadia was driven by Andrea M. Elberty, 47, of Canfield. The third driver was Lothar W. Link, 88, of Canfield.

Allen said Tomaino’s injuries are not life-threatening. He did not know the extent of anyone else’s injuries, but said two people from the Marquis and Elberty also were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

A second crash occurred 5 minutes later as Deputy John Boggs was responding to the first crash, according to the patrol. That crash happened at the intersection of Route 224 and Fairground Boulevard.

The patrol said Boggs was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer south on Fairground Boulevard when he collided with Christina Lokash, 32, of Niles, who was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra east on Route 224. Neither driver was transported to the hospital.

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