Hit-skip victim from Campbell critically injured after being dragged 70 feet

Five young men, one critically injured, were rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center after being struck by a car in a Friday evening hit-skip crash at a candlelight vigil.


Police narratives reveal a chaotic scene when officers encountered five injured young men, who had been struck by a speeding car at a Friday evening candlelight vigil.

That vigil was for a young man who had been killed in another hit-skip crash a week earlier at the same location.

The majority of witnesses in the crowd of about 50 people told police a white Pontiac Sunfire with its headlights turned off had been northbound on Trenton Avenue, turned right onto Hylda Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., and accelerated toward the crowd.

It struck two parked vehicles and the five young men with its front end and passenger side before turning right to go south on Market Street, witnesses said.

Police encountered the first victim, Tyler Austin, 19, of Adaline Avenue, Campbell, unresponsive and not moving, bleeding from his face, with skin peeled off his head and scalp. Witnesses said he may have been dragged about 70 feet by the speeding car.

The next victim, Ricardo Reyes, 19, of Bright Avenue, Campbell, told police he thought his leg was broken.

Another victim, Hector Tejda, 19, of Ohio Avenue, was awake, but not responding to questions and appeared to be in shock, police reported.

A fourth victim, Chester Mitchell, 19, of Greeley Lane, who was on the sidewalk in front of the former South Side post office, told police he thought his legs were broken.

The last victim, Felix Rodriguez , 21, of Eddie Street, said the car hit him in his right leg.

All of the victims were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where some underwent surgery, with Austin in critical condition and the others in stable condition.

The vigil was for Robert Brown, 23, of Youngstown, who had been struck and killed by a car in a Feb. 2 hit-skip crash in the same place after leaving a Hylda Avenue bar.

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