CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has obtained video showing a car heavily damaged and smoking moments after investigators say the driver had hit a Cleveland Police officer and kept going. Officer David Fahey died a short time later.
The video comes from a Lakewood Police patrol car camera. Lakewood Police Tuesday morning had been working to shut down I-90 because of two other accidents. Nearby, Cleveland officers including David Fahey were working to control traffic. But investigators say Israel Alvarez zoomed through while speeding at up to 70 miles an hour or more. Police say Alvarez hit officer Fahey then calmly joined traffic getting off at the next exit.
We’re told the Lakewood officer there didn’t notice the banged up car. He had no idea what had just happened, and he was distracted by flashing lights down the highway where the officer had been hit.
Alvarez surrendered hours later after an officer spotted the car in Lorain. There FOX 8 saw Alvarez in the back of a patrol car talking to investigators.
Police had the same question many of you are asking. How does any driver barrel through an accident scene, hit a man, then simply keep going? We've learned the suspect said he thought he had hit an orange cone.
We’ve learned investigators have witnesses saying they saw Alvarez speeding and weaving through traffic before he hit the officer. And police are waiting for blood test results to see if he had any drugs in his system.
Alvarez now charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit/skip. Court records show he ultimately parked the car with all of that damage in the “rear driveway” of his father’s house. We’ve learned he had been scheduled to work the night before the
Alvarez faces a judge for a first hearing on those initial charges Thursday morning. Police have already filed a request for a high bond to make it hard for this suspect to get out of jail since he has a “history of selling and abusing drugs.”
More charges could be added later when the investigation is complete as the case is likely to be presented to a grand jury.