October 25, 2014

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Garbage collector hit by car while on the job

HINCKLEY TWP. — An Allied Waste Services worker was hit by a car while on the job early Monday on Bellus Road.

Hinckley police reconstruct an accident scene Monday morning on Bellus Road in Hinckley Township. Elyria resident James Lennerth, 31, was struck by a Dodge Caliber while picking up trash along the road for Allied Waste Services out of Lorain County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Hinckley police reconstruct an accident scene Monday morning on Bellus Road in Hinckley Township. Elyria resident James Lennerth, 31, was struck by a Dodge Caliber while picking up trash along the road for Allied Waste Services out of Lorain County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

James Lennerth, 31, of Elyria, was crossing in front of his garbage truck to collect a trash bin on the side of a road when a gold Dodge Caliber traveling east swerved around the truck and struck him about 6:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of Bellus, according to Hinckley Township Sgt. Bruce Linville.

Lennerth was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said late Monday.

Linville said Lennerth had some visible facial and head lacerations. An on-scene medic noted Lennerth was “talking but appeared confused and disoriented” prior to the arrival of the helicopter.

The driver of the car that struck Lennerth, a 23-year-old Brunswick woman, is not likely to be cited. She did not commit a driving violation, Linville said.

It is not against the law to pass a stationary garbage truck on a road that has no double-yellow line, the sergeant said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.