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Driver charged in North Olmsted hit-and-run crash fails to appear at court hearing

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A hit-and-run driver accused of leaving a 70-year-old North Olmsted man seriously hurt in the street was supposed to be arraigned at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Court on Tuesday afternoon, but he failed to appear.

Christopher Garcia, 37, is charged with not stopping after an accident. A warrant could now be issued for his arrest if the judge orders to do so.

North Olmsted police said he was the driver in a hit and run accident on Jan. 17.
North Olmsted police said he was the driver in a hit and run accident on Jan. 17.((Source: North Olmsted police))

North Olmsted police said Garcia stuck Richard Ruscin around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17 and then fled the scene.

North Olmsted police said the driver of this Hummer hit an elderly man on Jan. 17.
North Olmsted police said the driver of this Hummer hit an elderly man on Jan. 17.((Source: North Olmsted police))

According to police, Ruscin was inside his Clague Road home when a car hit a utility pole.

Ruscin ran outside and while he was helping the first driver police said he was struck by Garcia’s red Hummer.

Paramedics rushed Ruscin to the hospital and started blood transfusions because he was bleeding internally. He also broke his femur, pelvis and sternum.

Police are questioning a 37-year-old Brook Park man.
Police are questioning a 37-year-old Brook Park man.((Source: North Olmsted police))

Ruscin still needs a walker to help him get around.

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