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Driver in hit-skip that injured 2 construction workers remains in stable condition at hospital

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 16:36:15-04

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — The driver in a hit-skip incident that injured two construction workers in University Heights early Thursday morning is in stable condition at an area hospital, authorities confirmed Friday.

One construction worker, aged 54, remains in critical condition at University Hospital. The other worker, 46, has been downgraded to stable condition, according to University Heights police.

Police are still collecting evidence in this case, including body camera footage that is still being reviewed. Search warrants have been obtained through the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges will be pending against the 64-year-old driver from Richfield, authorities said. He is expected to be identified by authorities when he is officially charged.

The workers were painting lines on Cedar Road near South Green Road at about 3:06 a.m. Thursday near the University Heights-South Euclid border for an upcoming construction project when a vehicle traveling east veered across the center lines and struck the two people.

The driver left the scene and continued east on Cedar Road. The driver eventually crashed into a telephone pole in Gates Mills and ended up on the property of Gilmore School. The driver was taken to Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital.

A South Euclid police officer was following the paint truck at the time of the incident.

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