AKRON - Akron police have charged a 33-year-old resident in connection with a hit-skip incident that injured a woman who was on a training run for the Akron Marathon.
David Godbee II is charged with hit-skip, failure to stop at a stop sign and driving under suspension. All of the counts are misdemeanors.
He appeared in Akron Municipal Court on Sept. 3 and pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for Oct. 15.
Tina Byers was training for her first marathon when she was hit by a GMC Jimmy on Aug. 6. Byers was crossing Alphada Avenue at Hyde Park Avenue when she was knocked to the ground by a driver who ran a stop sign, police said.
"I hit my head and he got out and he was crying and he was upset and he asked if I was OK, but he said he couldn't go to jail," Byers told NewsChannel5 last month.
After the driver took off, Byers called her husband Gary Byers from her cell phone. He rushed to the intersection and spotted the driver leave the scene, but noticed the sport utility vehicle had a 30-day tag and remembered the license plate.
He provided the information to Akron police.
Byers did not suffer any broken bones, but she sustained serious bruises to her back, hip and leg, which put her goal of running the marathon in jeopardy.
However, Gary Byers said his wife has been able to ease her way back into running, most recently completing a 20-mile run.
"She is truly inspirational. I can't believe the amount of drive and determination in her comeback from this," Gary Byers said.