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Police investigating pedestrian accidents



Published: Tue, February 12, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The investigation into a multiple hit-and-run accident Friday night on the South Side continues, and police are getting closer to making an arrest.

Five people were run down about 6:30 p.m. Friday by someone driving a white Pontiac Sunfire as they gathered on Hylda Avenue to memorialize Robert Brown who was hit and killed along the same stretch of road one week prior. The person who hit and killed Brown has not been caught.

Four of the five people hit in that accident have been released from the hospital and are home resting. The fifth victim is still in the hospital but expected to be released soon.

There had been initial speculation that Friday’s hit-and-run accident was a planned assault in connection with the accident that killed Brown, but Patricia Garcar, police accident investigator said authorities do not believe that to be the case.

“The accident has nothing to do with the Brown accident. The only thing related is that it is a bad coincidence on Hylda Avenue,” she said.

There were also reports that the driver of the white Sunfire involved in Friday’s accident backed up and hit a victim twice, but Garcar said information obtained in the investigation does not support that, either.

Garcar said police have the car and have interviewed several people. An arrest in the attack, she said, is not far off.

“We have interviewed some people and we do have some people of interest so we are going forward,” she said. “We have enough information and are anticipating an arrest.”

Meanwhile, police are questioning multiple witnesses and victims from two separate pedestrian accidents over the weekend.

Garcar said a man was walking along Canfield Road near Sunnybrooke Avenue on the West Side at about 7 p.m. Sunday when he struck by a woman driving on Canfield Road.

The man is was in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center on Monday. No additional information on his condition was available. His name was not released.

Garcar said several witnesses told police the man was hard to see walking in the street. Charges are not likely to be filed against the woman driving the car.

Another man who police said was riding a bicycle erratically Saturday evening was hit when he reportedly swerved into the path of a car.

The bicyclist also is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth, and again no additional information was available. His name also was not released.

Garcar said police have not decided if any charges are to be filed against the driver of the car in that accident.


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