Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run That Injured Mount Union Football Player
An official with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says that they have made an arrest in connection to the hit-and-run accident that left a Mount Union University football player hospitalized with a broken neck.
Lt. Mike Marucci, Commander of the Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, tells Fox 8 News’ Dave Nethers that Joshua Frey surrendered to authorities this morning in the company of his attorney.
As 20-year-old Clayton Hull was driving home from a concert in Cleveland early Sunday, his 1998 Chevy Blazer rolled over after being hit by a minivan that went off the road, hit several mailboxes and went left of center, striking Hull’s vehicle on State Route 14 outside Ravenna.
Hull was ejected from the SUV, and troopers said the driver of the 2005 Chevy Venture van, believed to be Frey, fled on foot.
Hull was flown by LifeFlight to Akron City Hospital, where doctors revealed that he had broken his neck. He was listed in satisfactory condition.
Clayton’s father Tim told Fox 8, “Second question he wanted to know is, ‘When will I be able to play football again?’ He wants to get back with his Mount Union family and continue what he does, and the doctor said if this heals correctly, he can live a normal life and do the things that he wants to do.”
Lt. Marucci says that Frey is facing several felony charges including aggravated vehicular assault. Lt. Marucci adds that the charge stems from suspicion that Frey was impaired while he was driving.
According to Lt. Marucci, officers had talked to Frey the night of the accident. Within five minutes of the accident Frey called police to report the minivan had been stolen.
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<i> (Fox 8 News Reporter Jack Shea contributed to this report.) </i>