FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio– A man says his grandmother, Dottie Nacarato, 74, was hit by an alleged drunk driver while walking her dog along Westwood Avenue Saturday night.
“It was about 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. I came home and there was a fire truck and all the cop cars were out,” said Sam Garner of Fairview Park.
“She went up in the air and landed almost 10-20 feet away from the sidewalk or the crosswalk from where she was standing. And she was more concerned about the dog than her leg or anything,” said Garner.
That dog is a 12-year-old black lab named Shadow, who was not hit by the car.
As for Dottie, her injuries are extensive. “She had a compound fracture in her leg, so the bone actually came out. She had multiple pelvic fractures, she dislocated her shoulder, and also broke the shoulder,” said Garner.
Dottie, who turns 75 in November, was immediately life-flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition.
According to Lt. Paul Shepard with the Fairview Park Police Department, the driver is Robert Asadd, 60, of Fairview Park.
Lt. Shepard says Asadd was drunk at the time.
“Through the investigation, our officers found evidence that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and took him into custody for that,” said Lt. Shepard.
In addition to OVI, Asadd is charged with aggravated vehicular assault.
Police say Asadd will appear in Rocky River Municipal Court next week.
Dottie’s family says she is out of ICU and is one tough cookie.