August 1, 2014

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Police: Charges pending against driver who admitted to hitting worker

WADSWORTH — A 51-year-old Barberton man accused of sideswiping a highway worker last week has turned himself in to police.

Wadsworth police Chief Randall Reinke said the case was forwarded to Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman, who will decide whether to press charges against the man.

“At this point, we’re not releasing the name,” Reinke said, explaining the man has not yet been charged with a crime and has not been arrested.

Reinke said the man acknowledged striking the highway worker, who was repainting road lines, with the passenger-side mirror of his pickup at the Interstate 76 exit ramp to state Route 94 on July 2, according to police. Reinke wouldn’t give details of what the driver said to police.

Police said the man did not stop after striking the worker, who was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital.

“I’m not sure how long he was in the hospital, but I know he has been released,” Reinke said. “It’s nothing life-threatening, but it sounds like they were fairly serious injuries.”

He said the worker has not yet returned to work.

Reinke said he was glad the man responsible turned himself in.

“Now we’ve got his side of the story,” he said, “so we’re going to let the prosecutor determine what the appropriate action is to take.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.