Police: Driver hits multiple cars at Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras before fleeing

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 18:43:25-04

Fairport Harbor Police are investigating multiple hit-and-run crashes that happened after the fireworks show on July Fourth. They say the same driver is responsible for all of the crashes.

The officers were dispatched to Second and Vine Streets for the first crash involving a white Dodge truck.

Neighors said a mounted officer on a horse spotted the truck plowing erratically through the road. The officer was already in the area and assisting with crowd control for the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras.

Neighbors say the driver of the Dodge truck crashed into a parked car.

"People being hysterical, because they realize how close they came to being hurt or even killed," said one neighbor, Scott McKoon.

Another officer was called to the scene and when he got out of his patrol car to stop the driver, the driver drove off, hitting more cars in the process.

The Dodge truck struck two cars at the intersection of Eagle and Fifth streets, near Scott McKoon's house, before getting out of the car and running away.

"He apparently jumped out of the window, because the car was so close to the house, went through my porch and jumped over the fence with police in hot pursuit," said McKoon.

Other neighbors who witnessed the incident say they were mostly concerned for the children.

"Especially, because we had a lot of kids playing in the corn hole, and I have grandchildren here. I have three grandchildren," said one witness.

McKoon said the residents were consoling each other and making sure everyone was okay.

"That's what Fairport Harbor is all about," he said, "Taking care of one another."

Two people were injured in the crash. According to neighbors, they only suffered minor injuries.

The Fairport Harbor Police Chief says he does have a suspect and warrants, but did not go into more details.

Chief Jackson Leonard said he will release more information once the investigation is complete.