Driver crashes through guardrail, into McKelvey Lake

The driver was taken to the hospital

A driver was taken to the hospital after driving a car into McKelvey Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A driver was taken to the hospital after driving a car into McKelvey Lake in Youngstown on Tuesday morning, but nearby residents are surprised accidents like that don’t happen more often.

The car went through a guardrail, hit an electrical pole and went down the hill into the lake. The driver, identified as 52-year-old Curtis Woods, told police he blacked out behind the wheel before the crash. He was taken to the hospital.

Police said Woods will be cited for driving with a suspended license. The Dodge Charger he was driving is a rental.

Crews pulled it out of the water Tuesday afternoon, but had some trouble getting it out due to a large embankment.

The accident has neighbors talking about the dangerous curve in Liberty Road, which bends before cars approach Lake McKelvey. They say fast cars are a huge issue they deal with regularly.

“People fly around this bend all the time,” Jenny Sanchez-Jones said.

Shrubs also cover the corner, making it difficult to see.

“So it kind of grows right to the street and it’s very hard to see around that bend,” she said.

Juanita Gordon, another neighbor, says the area is a blind spot.

“You can’t see until you’re actually around the bend.”

There are no signs warning drivers of the curve or to slow down when they drive south on the street. There is one that tells drivers to be wary when headed north on the road.

“Maybe a sign at least saying…’Slow down’ or a speed limit…or maybe some flashing, blinking lights,” Sanchez-Jones suggested.

Police are still investigating the crash, and it is not yet known if speed was a factor.

 A driver was taken to the hospital after driving a car into McKelvey Lake on Tuesday afternoon.