Trooper seriously hurt after being struck by car

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A State Highway Patrol trooper started the paperwork for his retirement the same day he was hit by a car at a crash site in southeast Ohio.

A car hit trooper Leonard Gray on Wednesday while he was at the site of a jackknifed tractor-trailer on state Route 93 in Hocking County, the patrol said.

He was in serious condition Thursday in Grant Hospital in Columbus, hospital spokeswoman Janet Porter said. Gray's legs were broken and he had internal and head injuries, she said.

A car driven by Ronald Hamrick of Logan hit Gray about 2 p.m. just south of Ewing, the patrol said. Hamrick, 61, did not stop as directed by Gray, the patrol said. Charges against Hamrick were
pending on Thursday, Sgt. Robin Schmutz said.

Gray is a 24-year veteran of the patrol's Athens post. He is planning to retire in April, his family said.

Ewing is about 50 miles south of Columbus.

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