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Police release details on pedestrian hit by vehicle

YOUNGSTOWN — A witness told police a person in a blue car, possibly a Mustang, appeared to purposely hit a pedestrian at Rush Boulevard and Midlothian Boulevard early Thursday.

The victim, 54, of Boardman, told police he was picking up litter along Midlothian. While waiting to cross Rush Boulevard at 12:30 a.m., an unknown vehicle struck him. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He told police he does not have any enemies.

Detective Sgt. Chad Zubal of the Youngstown Police Department said Monday the victim was in stable, but serious, condition. He said it’s possible the crash was an accident.

A witness told police she saw the car waiting to turn left at the intersection and watched it turn onto Rush, then “violently swerve off of the road towards the victim.”

Police observed tire marks in the devil strip where the vehicle left the road, a police report states. Police recovered the mirror from the vehicle. It had blood on it, the police report states.

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