Driver charged in North Olmsted hit-and-run crash fails to appear at court hearing
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 Garcia stuck Richard Ruscin around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17 and then fled the scene.
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.
Ruscin still needs a walker to help him get around.
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