SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - Shaker Heights Police released dash cam video Wednesday showing officers responding to a hit-and-run crash that killed a teacher, as investigators continued to search for the driver.
Police said the driver was running from a traffic stop when he hit and killed James Caffrey, 51, of Shaker Heights, who was jogging along South Park Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Dash cam video showed police setting up a perimeter and using a K9 in an attempt to track down the suspect, who ditched the car before escaping. Audio recordings indicated initial confusion about the direction the suspect ran.
Police also released pictures of a car similar to the '98 Toyota Avalon he was driving, as they seek tips from the public.
Police said the crash happened shortly after the driver fled a traffic stop along nearby Warrensville Center Road in University Heights. Police said the University Heights officer was not in pursuit of the car, though the officer was following the driver before losing sight of him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning for Caffrey, who a Shaker Heights Schools spokeswoman said worked at Key Bank before becoming a 5th grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Cleveland Running Company is organizing a 3.5 mile loop group run through the Shaker Fernway neighborhood, where Caffrey lived, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Organizers said proceeds raised from the sale of T-shirts will benefit the Mission Stove charity.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Shaker Heights Police detectives at 216-491-2561.