$500K Bond for Man Charged in Officer Hit-Skip

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Gary Fury, 54, of Berea, in Cleveland Municipal Court. September 12, 2012. (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

CLEVELAND — The driver accused of striking and severely injuring an off-duty police officer with his car appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

A judge set bond for Gary Fury, 54, of Berea, at $500,000 on charges of aggravated vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident. The case was bound over to the Grand Jury of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Fury is accused in a hit-and-run crash that left Officer Robert Bielak, 46, of Pinckney, Michigan, fighting for his life.

Bielak said that he was on his way to Vermont for an annual trip when he pulled his motorcycle over on I-71 to check his map. That’s when he was slammed by a car at high speed.

The driver did not stop. Days later, on Monday, September 10, Fury was arrested at his home in Berea.

Bielak’s leg was severed in the accident. He spoke to Fox 8 News a few days after the crash. Then, his condition took a turn for the worse.

Bielak’s wife, Ginger, said earlier this week that her husband suffered complications from surgery and was downgraded to critical condition. The officer was still relying on a ventilator as of Sunday.

The Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association has set up a fund to support Bielak.

Donations may be made at the Cleveland Police Credit Union, located at 2301 Payne Avenue in Cleveland. Checks should be made payable to the Officer Robert Bielak Fund.

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