Gravestones damaged at Sacred Heart Cemetery when driver slides off road April 21

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 1 May 2021 at 7:29 am

Photo by Ginny Kropf: A vehicle which skidded off the road at 7:45 a.m. April 21 left a path of broken and dislodged headstones in Sacred Heart Cemetery on North Gravel Road.

MEDINA – A driver lost control of a BMW on April 21, and damaged about six gravestones at Sacred Heart Cemetery on North Gravel Road.

The driver lost control of the vehicle at about 7:45 a.m. The driver was northbound on the road, which was covered in snow.

The driver lost control on the slippery road and left the pavement on the east side of the road, driving through a fence and striking half a dozen tombstones.

There were no drugs or alcohol involved and neither the driver or passenger were injured. No charges were filed, said State Police public information officer James O’Callaghan.

Father Bernard Nowak, pastor of Trinity Parish which oversees the cemetery, said he had little knowledge of the incident, other than the driver’s insurance was expected to pay for the damages.

“Our main concern is taking care of the families involved,” he said. “We want respect for the deceased and their loved ones.”

Provided photos: A worker cleans up broken headstones in Sacred Heart Cemetery which were destroyed when a car went off the road April 21 during a snowstorm.