GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis Police Department is investigating an collision Sunday of a Gallia County sheriff’s cruiser striking a pedestrian at the intersection of Pine Street and Second Avenue.
Around 10:40 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy was sitting at a red light waiting to turn right onto Second Avenue from Pine Street to head toward the Gallia County Courthouse. Reports state the victim was walking north on Second Avenue on the west side of the street. After a brief stop, the deputy supposedly moved to make a right hand turn at the red light. A witness stated the victim entered the crosswalk in front of the deputy who allegedly struck him.
The victim was lying partially on the push guard of the cruiser after allegedly being struck. The victim then fell to the ground and “proceeded to walk over” to the north side of the intersection and sit on the curb. Reports state the deputy exited the vehicle to check the victim.
According to reports, the victim complained of leg pain from being struck and said he had also had existing problems from previous leg injuries. Gallia County EMS responded and transported the victim to Holzer Medical Center on Jackson Pike for non-life threatening injuries.
Reportedly, the deputy was using a hands-free telecommunication device at the time of the incident.
“We are certainly concerned for the injured party,” Browning said. “We want to stress that we ask deputies to always drive responsibly. We also want to note the hundred of miles per year our deputies drive that are generally incident-free.”
Reportedly, there was no damage done to the cruiser nor was the deputy harmed.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.