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Man Taken By LifeFlight in June Facing Felony Charges from Accident

May face felony charge of aggravated vehicle assault after passenger injured.

A man taken by LifeFlight June 27 after a car he was in collided with a semi-truck, has been charged with aggravated vehicle assault, a felony, in the incident.

Dustin Stephens of Colorado Avenue in Avon was recently bound over to the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas to answer charges of aggravated vehicle assault, a 3rd degree felony as well as operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI), OVI/drugs and reasonable control after Avon Police finished their investigation of the incident.

Initial charges brought in the Avon Lake Municipal Court will be presented to the Lorain County Grand Jury for action.

Stephens, along with his passenger, Jessica Hellweg, 23, also of Avon, were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center after the 1992 Honda driven by Stephens collided with a semi-truck at 7:08 a.m. Rescue workers found the Honda entangled with the semi-trailer and Stephens and Hellweg trapped in the vehicle.

Hellweg and Stephens were released within the week.

“There was a blood test and it came back positive,” Avon prosecutor Richard Kray said. “He had something in his system.”

The police report issued by the Avon Police Department said Stephens was arrested for reasonable control, OVI, unlawful amount of marijuana metabolite in his blood and aggravated vehicular assault.

“There are allegations he was under the influence,” Kray said.

The aggravated vehicular assault resulted from injuries sustained by Hellweg.

“She received a sever injury,” Kray said. “It was a bad accident.

"Sometimes it takes awhile (for charges to be brought)."

The accident at 611 (Stoney Ridge) and Chester roads in Avon closed the road for several hours following the accident.

The Honda was traveling eastbound on 611 when it went off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail. It then crossed the raised concrete median and entered the westbound lanes of 611 and then struck the semi-trailer.

The Honda was reportedly wedged under the truck.

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