YPD officer involved in West Side accident released from hospital

YOUNGSTOWN — The K-9 officer who crashed his cruiser into a tree near the Par-3 golf course in Mill Creek Park off McCollum Roadwas sent home from the hospital today.

Patrolman Ron Jankowski, 33, had been in serious condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center after the crash at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. His condition was upgraded to stable Thursday. His dog was not injured, police said.

A report of the event lists Jankowski’s condition at the time of accident as “physical impairment,” although the impairment is not described, and quotes him as saying he doesn’t remember anything. Contributing circumstances are listed as unknown on the report.

No drugs or alcohol were suspected, and his speed was estimated as 20 mph on dry pavement.

The officer was traveling eastbound on McCollum when he ran off the road to the left and struck a fire hydrant. The car, a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, then ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, according to the crash report.

Jankowski, according to the report, did not have on his seat belt and the car’s air bag did not deploy. Damage to the right front of the car is described as disabling.

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