Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Those of our Akron readers familiar with suburban Green have probably stopped by Shaffer’s Market. You can pick up apples, pears, onions, carrots, a Halloween pumpkin or a Dutch loaf sandwich with a side of macaroni salad.
The produce section is one of Shaffer’s points of pride. The man who has kept it stocked, clean and attractive for more than 30 years was recently walking across the street to the market to start his work day when he was struck by a car. The driver sped off, leaving the bleeding worker with a broken leg to fend for himself.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says the case is strange. The worker was hit at 6:45 a.m. by a car right in front of the market. A truck making a delivery to the market was there at the same time, according to a news report. In fact, the accident occurred when the car veered around the turning delivery truck and struck the pedestrian.
And yet no one witnessed the collision of the dark car and pedestrian, apparently. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said, “There’s no way for that person who was driving that vehicle to not know that he hit something.” The dark or black vehicle will have “pretty substantial damage” to its side.
The pedestrian was hospitalized with a broken leg. He was also bleeding from his hand and shoulder after the accident, a co-worker said.
He’s fortunate in some ways, because in many cases pedestrians sustain even more serious physical damage, such as traumatic brain injuries, back injuries, skull fractures and more. When the driver is located, he or she will have to answer to criminal charges and might also be held responsible for the man’s medical bills, lost wages and other financial damage.