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85-year-old Canton man beaten after car crash in Canton, police say

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-01 21:03:28-05

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An 85-year-old man was hospitalized with multiple facial injuries after he was beaten following a car crash Saturday night in Canton, according to police.

The victim, identified as Ralph White, was driving at around 10:40 p.m. in the 2500 block of 8th Street NE when another driver exited a nearby parking lot, crashing into White, police said.

According to Lt. Dennis Garren, police believe the man got out of his vehicle and brutally beat White, who was still inside his car, before driving away.

White was transported to Aultman Hospital with facial injuries and a brain bleed, according to his family. Relatives said White was released late Monday afternoon.

Ralph White.

His family said White is a retired steelworker from Timken Steel and has been married to his wife for 66 years.

Garren said no one has been arrested, but there is person of interest and police have located a suspect vehicle. Officers are also checking for possible surveillance video in the area.

The victim's wife, Mabel White, is grateful that her husband survived the beating, but also outraged over the callous act.

"If I could get a hold of the guy right now, I'm little, but I would really give him what I had," she said. "I want this guy caught. Please. Catch him, please."

The couple's dog was in the car at the time of the accident and ran off following the crash. She was missing for a day before police located the pet and returned her home.

Anyone with information about the driver who attacked the senior citizen is asked to contact detectives at 330-489-3144.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with White's medical costs. To learn more, click here.