Hit-and-run driver cited after striking Canal Fulton city worker in construction zone

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CANAL FULTON, Ohio — Canal Fulton police have cited a hit-skip driver that struck a pedestrian.

According to Canal Fulton police, Rachelle Winans, 48, struck a 32-year-old city worker.

Street Department Supervisor Gary Hosking says the victim was working in a construction zone at the intersection of Locust Street and Longview Avenue at the time of the accident.

The street department was waiting for road plates to cover a sink hole, which is why the worker was in a culvert, looking at a sewer grade.

The worker was standing about 50 feet away from the intersection when he was struck. There was reportedly a sign indicating the area as a work zone and he was wearing a reflective fest.

The impact caused some bruising on his back, a gash on his elbow and some scrapes and cuts.

Police reached out for the public’s help Thursday on social media, sharing a photo of the suspect’s vehicle.  Police said the passenger side view mirror was broken off and the front driver side hubcap is missing.

Friday, police told FOX 8 they had identified Winans as the driver through a Facebook tip.

Officers visited Winans’ home with pieces of the car and conducted their investigation.

At first she reportedly denied everything.  Then, she told officers she didn’t realize she had hit a person and thought she just struck a tree, police say.

Winans has not been arrested, however she was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and for a marked lane violation.

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