Boston Road in Columbia Township where four Brunswick teens were killed reopens after repairs
Michael Baldwin, newsnet5.com
10:36 PM, Aug 15, 2013
1:57 PM, Aug 16, 2013
COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Boston Road in Columbia Township is back open after some modification following last year's deadly crash.
Four Brunswick High School students were killed when the car they were in traveled at 69 miles an hour and crashed into a tree.
The roadway between Marks and Boone roads had been closed while ODOT raised the grade of the rail road crossing, which aims to stop cars from launching into the air.
The Ohio Department of Transportation took care of the repairs to the road. It was paid for through federal funds and cost more than $600,000.
Neighbors are happy it's fixed, but for some victims' families, the news is bitter sweet.
Savana Poerner, sister of 16-year-old Lexi Poerner, who died in the crash released a statement.
"I'm really happy that it's fixed and nothing like this will happen again. It's upsetting that this wasn't fixed years ago with all the other accidents that happened here."
"It's a little late for us. This should have been done years ago. It's sad it took this long to fix this. However, it's comforting that my brother's life went for something good. It's hard that this happened to our family, but good to know no one else will have to go through something like this," said Brent Bartchak, brother of 17-year-old crash victim Blake Bartchak.
Neighbor Chuck Mays said the road looks beautiful and he hopes the improvements will save lives.
The crash also killed Jeffrey Chaya and Kevin Fox, both 18, and severely injured Julia Romito.