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2 construction workers in critical condition after being struck by hit-skip driver

Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 18:42:40-04

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Two construction workers were rushed to the hospital early Thursday morning after they were hit by a car while doing their jobs, according to a release from University Heights police.

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

The workers who were struck were identified by police as a 46-year-old man from Elyria and a 54-year-old man from Rocky River, both of whom are listed as critical condition. The workers were working for TraffTech at the time of the crash.

The driver, identified as a 64-year-old Richfield man, 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, where he is in critical condition, according to police.

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

Police are still working to collect evidence relating to the crash and are looking into potential charges to the driver.