Driver turns himself in for hit-skip of runner

Posted at 7:34 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 17:41:37-05

A driver suspected in a hit-skip incident that seriously injured a runner in Green turned himself into the Summit County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Shahan, 45, of Marlboro Township, is facing felony charges related to leaving the scene of an accident, along with tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor count of reasonable control.

Inspector Bill Holland said Shahan was arraigned on Tuesday. He was booked into the Summit County Jail and later released on signature bond.

On December 12, 36-year-old Season Kerman was hit by a vehicle while running on State Route 619 near Mayfair Road.

Kerman suffered life-threatening injuries at the time, but she has since been released from Akron General Medical Center.

Kerman told that her right leg was broken in three places and a laceration on her liver was very concerning. She has months of physical therapy ahead of her and hopes to return to running in a year.

She said the driver "should pay" for what happened.

"I don't know that I would be as emotional or as upset as I am right now if he would have just stopped to ask and see if I was okay, or gave me help because he didn't know if he killed me," Kerman said.

A mirror from the the suspect's Mercury Grand Marquis was left at the scene, Holland said.

Investigators said evidence and other information gathered by deputies led them Shahan who agreed to turn himself in.

Shahan is due back in court on January 6.