LAKEWOOD Ohio (WOIO) - The former director of Cleveland’s Singing Angels suffered multiple injuries after being struck by a car earlier this month.
Charles Eversole was walking in Lakewood on Feb. 4 when he was hit by a driver making a left hand turn onto Lake Avenue from W. 117th Street.
Eversole said as soon as he got halfway through the crosswalk, the car slammed into him.
“I remember the car coming to hit me and trying to get out of the way a little bit and then I remember them lifting me up off the ground and putting me on the stretcher,” Eversole said.
He suffered a broken right clavicle, a broken left tibia and a concussion.
Eversole said he was surprised when Lakewood police gave him a ticket for jaywalking, since the “Don’t Walk Sign” was flashing.
19 News asked Captain Gary Stone from Lakewood police why the Driver was not cited while the victim was.
“The driver which was driving Westbound of Lake approaching West 117th street had the left turn green arrow and was making a left turn onto southbound West 117th street,” Stone said.
Police insist Eversole made the mistake, not the driver and they defend their decision to give Eversole the ticket.
“I do feel that it was the right thing to do because you enforce the city ordinances that caused the crash in the first place & that was the pedestrian violation,” Stone added.
Stone also said that as a pedestrian just like a driver of a car you have to follow what the “don’t walk sign” is saying at a busy intersection like West 117th street.
There has also been a GoFundMe account set up for Eversole.