Akron man faces OVI charge after crash closes section of West Main Street

wreck closed West Main Street 17 hours

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published:

Kent police charged an Akron man with drunken driving Sunday following a crash that disabled a utility pole and traffic signal on West Main Street, shutting down a stretch of West Main Street (S.R. 59) for most of the day.

Kent Police Capt. Paul Canfield said Daniel E. Vondrak, 22, of Akron, was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operation without being in reasonable control of a vehicle after a one-car crash at the intersection of West Main Street and Spaulding Drive.

According to Kent police, Vondrak was traveling east on S.R. 59 toward downtown Kent when he struck a utility pole at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey said Vondrak was transported from the scene to Akron General Medical Center in Stow for precautionary reasons.

Canfield said Vondrak suffered mostly "superficial" injuries in the crash.

The city closed the intersection at West Main Street and Spaulding Drive and established an emergency detour directing east and westbound drivers to use Fairchild Avenue and Graham Road as an alternate route between Kent and Stow while city workers set up a temporary traffic signal.

"(The car) took out a utility pole and the pole that holds the signal and the crosswalk," Canfield said. "Because of that we had to shut the street down ... and utility trucks had to be in the street for a significant portion of the day."

The intersection re-opened to traffic at about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or tgallick@recordpub.com

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