LIVERPOOL TWP., Ohio -- Officers from the North Olmsted Police Department are asking for thoughts and prayers for one of their own who was seriously injured in a car crash early Saturday morning.
"Officer (Jack) Justice was working an off-duty job at Great Northern Mall, and he was on his way home when this accident happened," said Lt. Jeff Medves of the North Olmsted Police Department.
The two-vehicle crash happened on Station Road in Liverpool Township in Medina County just after midnight Saturday morning.
"It's a great shock for all the patrolmen and everyone at the police department here," Medves said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports in a news release that a 23-year-old Columbia Station man was driving a truck and went off the road at a curve, over-corrected, and veered into the oncoming lane where Justice was traveling in the opposite direction.
The vehicles collided.
"The truck was flipped upside down, and the frame was snapped in two," said Don Sprinkle, who was one of the nearby residents who went to help.
He said Justice, 43, was wearing his police uniform.
"The police officer was stuck in his car and couldn't physically move, and the other gentleman kicked out the windshield and said he was going to go call somebody and he disappeared," Sprinkle said.
Sprinkle said another neighbor stayed with Justice, while Sprinkle and his wife went to look for the driver of the truck, concerned he was wandering around injured.
Justice, a 14-year-veteran of the North Olmsted Police Department, was airlifted to MetroHealth Medical Center, initially in critical condition.
He was in critical condition Sunday.
"Keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery, not only him but for his wife and his children, because they are going to be going through a lot of problems also," said Medves.
"I'm glad to hear he is doing better, but it sounds like it's going to be a long road to recovery," Sprinkle said.
Troopers found the driver of the truck, who was injured.
He was taken to another hospital, according to OSHP.
OSHP is investigating and will determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.