LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Elyria Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect involved in a hit-skip crash which occurred on Wednesday, September 17, around 10 a.m.
In the crash, a Lorain County Sheriff's Deputy was struck while outside his cruiser on the side of the road. He was injured in the collision and transported to the hospital with incapacitating injuries. He has since returned home and is on leave, due to his injuries.
According to the OSHP, Deputy Adam Trifiletti was crossing state Route 83 south of Butternut Ridge/Lorain Road. His marked cruiser was stopped on the southbound side of the roadway with his emergency lights activated. The deputy was moving across the road from the east to the west, when he was struck by a northbound vehicle.
The OSHP says the driver stopped and asked if the deputy was alright. The deputy ordered her to pull over and wait. The driver remained on scene briefly before continuing northbound, leaving the scene. She did not exchange information and her license plate was not able to be obtained. The driver never exited her vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was described as an older, white female with dark hair, wearing eyeglasses with dark frames. She appeared to be alone in the car.
The vehicle was described as a light to medium-colored Toyota Prius, unknown year. The vehicle should have left front and/or center front damage from striking the deputy.
An OSHP cruiser in the area captured video of the vehicle shortly after the collision. However, the license plate is not legible in the video. The OSHP is currently working to enhance the video to better identify the driver and vehicle. At the time, the cruiser video captured the suspect vehicle; the deputy had not had time to report the collision yet.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information regarding the identity of the driver is asked to contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol Elyria Post at 440-365-5045.
The crash remains under investigation.