Trooper injured, hit by car


The trooper was pinned underneath the car that struck him.

STAFF REPORT

SOUTHINGTON — The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate an accident in Warren Township that injured a trooper.

Around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, Trooper Ron Craft, 51, of the OSHP Warren Post, was investigating a one-vehicle crash involving a Ford Ranger on state Route 5 westbound near U.S. Route 422, according to an OSHP release.

Craft had parked his cruiser with roof lights flashing on the right berm behind the Ranger. During the investigation, Shawn Hunt, 31, of Cortland, who was driving westbound in a Honda Civic, lost control and went off the right side of the road, striking the rear of the cruiser and pushing it into the guardrail and the Ranger.

The Honda then spun around and struck Craft as he was standing outside the cruiser and pinned him underneath the Honda.

The driver of the Ranger, John E. Hodges, 43, of Cortland, was sitting in the front passenger seat of the cruiser when it was struck. He was uninjured in both crashes.

Craft suffered serious injuries and was transported to Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital. A condition report was not available Tuesday night.

Hunt, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered minor injuries.

The patrol is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in Hunt’s crash. Charges are pending.

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