The Berea man convicted in the hit and run accident that severely injured an off-duty officer from Michigan has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and his drivers license has been suspended for 5 years.
On September 4, 2012, Gary Fury, 54, of Berea, struck Robert Charles Bielak, 46, an off duty Pinckney, Michigan Police Officer, with his vehicle.
Officer Bielak was traveling south on I-71 on his motorcycle, when he pulled over into the berm just south of the Ridge Road overpass to check his map. Bielak was then struck by Fury's vehicle and Fury fled the scene.
The force of the collision partially severed Officer Bielak's leg. He was transported to the hospital where his leg was later amputated. A police investigation led to Fury's arrest on September 10, 2012.
On October 11,2012, Fury pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault and one count of Failure to Stop after Accident.
Officer Robert Bielak and his wife, Ginger, are parents to six children.
An account has been established at the Cleveland Police Credit Union to assist Officer Robert Bielak and his family. Donations may be sent to the Cleveland Police Credit Union 2301 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44144. Checks should be made payable to the Officer Robert Bielak Fund.