Search for Driver Who Hit Man Changing Tire

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WELLINGTON, OH – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run on Tuesday around 11 p.m. in Lorain County.

Troopers said Daniel Calala, 57, was trying to change his tire on the side of S.R. 18 near Pitts Road when he was hit by another vehicle.

That driver kept going and never stopped to help.

Calala was thrown about 25 feet into the roadway. Somehow though, he managed to get up and walk to his car. A passerby saw him and pulled over to help until police arrived.

The victim had to be life-flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is now listed in fair condition.

As far as the driver, there’s no description, but there’s one clue that authorities are following.

Troopers believe, based on skid marks found at the scene, that the suspect could've been in some kind of commercial vehicle, possibly a truck without a trailer.

Sergeant Paul March said it’s hard to say why the driver would leave the scene. He said it could be for any number of reasons.

"It could've been a case where it was a sleepy driver and maybe they thought they struck something, but they're not sure what. It could've been a situation where the person panicked. It could've been an impaired driver where they did what they did and they're just moving on,” said March.

Sergeant March said while the accident is unfortunate, there is a lesson to be learned, and that’s for drivers to be very careful.

“Just be aware of your surroundings, don't be on the cellphone, don't be distracted by other things,” he said.

If anyone knows anything about what happened, call the Ohio State Highway Patrol Elyria Post at 440-365-5045.