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Man hit by car: ‘They just left me there’

Published: Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



A Girard man who was hit by a car on Church Hill Road said he never saw it coming.

David Blair, 21, was struck about 4 a.m. Sunday as he was walking across the Route 11 overpass.

The car did not stop. Blair said he was able to find help despite injuries that include a broken ankle, a sprained knee, bruises and road rash.

Blair said he was walking west toward his home in Girard. The car was traveling east, according to a police report.

Blair was looking down at his phone.

“I remember hearing the car hit me, and I got up and was sitting in the snow. I was in shock,” he said.

Blair said he tried to wave down a car, but it would not stop.

“I went to a house right past the bridge,” he said. He asked the homeowner to call an ambulance and waited on the porch until one came.

Liberty Fire Department personnel took Blair to St. Elizabeth Health Center, the police report indicates.

He was released Monday evening.

Blair said that while he was in the hospital, a Liberty police officer brought him his phone and told him police have debris from the car.

He said he does not know if police have any leads, adding that he has left a message with a detective.

A Liberty police spokesman could not be reached Thursday.

Blair’s mother, Kathy, is urging people who know anything about the hit-and-run to call Liberty police.

“We need to get this person,” she said.

“I really would like to know who did this,” Blair said. “They just left me there.”


1michael1757(490 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

He'd have to be in shock if he had a phone & asked someone to call help for him.I would like to see the driver caught.If he was drinking & driving when it happened,regardless if theres alcohol in his system,they can't prove he was D&D.

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2Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Darwinism at work. Man walking in road texting hit by car whose driver was distracted by a very important text message about a sale at the mall.
The process of natural selection is alive and we'll in the land of oz.

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3kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Doesn't give someone the right to hit him and leave. One of Darwin's earliest specimens.

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4DwightK(1537 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

HUbbard-Churchill / 304 is a dangerous road for pedestrians. There are no sidewalks, it's a narrow two lane blacktop and cars speed. Given how many people walk along this road it really should have sidewalks.

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5billdog1(5912 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Agreed JRB at four in the morning more than likely both were intoxicated. Sooner or later the driver will be caught. Somebody will notice the damage to the car and put two and two together.

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6mouse(112 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

to many people walking the road at night & can not be seen because of dark clothing,very little street lights in the township area. i'm sure the person that hit him panic or maybe did not even realize he hit some one because he was under the influnence of alcohol, drugs etc.
i had a brother who was killed at the age of 20 while crossing the street because of some one speeding & passing another car.

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7dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

A lot of assumptions going on here. The pedestrian has the right to walk at 3, 4, or 5am, it really isn't an issue. Plus if he was intoxicated, I am sure that would have been mentioned in the report. The only thing that I blame him for is that he shouldn't have been walking and texting period, even if he was on a sidewalk. Hopefully he wasn't dressed all in black either.

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8bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Texting will soon be made against the law, walking, driving, privacy of your living room. Just wait and see.

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