State patrol asks public for help finding hit-skip driver who struck deputy

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hitskipLORAIN, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking the public for help finding the driver who hit a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy while he was crossing the road Wednesday.

According to a release from the highway patrol, it happened around 10 a.m. Sept. 17. At the time, North Ridgeville police were involved in a chase with the driver of a stolen vehicle.

Deputy Adam Trifiletti responded to assist in the chase. He was crossing state Route 83 south of Butternut Ridge and Lorain Road, and his marked cruiser was stopped on the south side of the road with his emergency lights activated.

He was walking across the road from the east to the west when he was hit by the northbound vehicle. The driver stopped and asked if the deputy was OK, and the deputy ordered her to pull over and wait.

She remained on scene briefly before continuing north, leaving the scene.

Trifiletti was injured in the collision, and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He has since returned home and is on leave due to his injuries.

The driver is described as an older white female with dark hair. She was wearing glasses with dark frames and appeared to be alone in the car.

The vehicle was described as a light to medium colored Toyota Prius. The vehicle should have left front and/or center front damage from hitting the deputy. A highway patrol cruiser in the area captured video of the vehicle shortly after the incident, but the license plate is not legible.

Authorities are working to enhance the video to better identify the driver and vehicle.

State patrol did release a photo of the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect in the stolen vehicle incident was arrested.

Anyone who saw the incident or who has any information regarding the identity of the driver is asked to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol Elyria Post at 440-365-5045.

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