Police search for suspect in January hit-and-run that left pedestrian with life threatening injuries

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - The South Euclid Police Department is offering a reward to help them find the driver who hit and left a pedestrian seriously injured in January.

According to police, the hit-and-run happened Jan. 13 around 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of Mayfield Road and Warrensville Center Road.

 "There was absolutely no blood, but  she was sliced all the way up there," demonstrated South Euclid Traffic Commissioner Sgt Robert Abele as he described 27 year old Lake Negassa's injuries.

Abele said the injuries a hit and run driver caused Negassa almost took her life.

Not only was her torso cut, but she also suffered from a severe head injury and was in a coma. She had a broken pelvis and arm.

"I just talked to her father she's in a nursing facility. She just started speaking a little bit last week. She doesn't remember anything at all like her life too much," he said.

Police said Negassa was walking home from work at Giant Eagle when the driver struck her.
 
"She was knocked to the ground and dragged approximately 100 feet. The truck entered the roadway and the victim became disengaged from the truck the truck stopped for a second then took off," he explained.

Eyewitnesses said the driver cut the corner too closely and drove over the curb striking the victim.

 "Who knows if he'll do it again. it was a cowardly act it wasn't like she was in the roadway, he went up ove the curb and struck her," said Abele.

Negassa has been recovering in a local nursing home; which is expected to take time.

In the meantime police want the suspect off the streets, so they're offering a $1500 reward to anyone with information that leads to his arrest.

 "If you're out there I would turn yourself in now because if we find out we catch you through a tipster it's gonna be a lot worse," said Abele.

Police are looking for  a dark colored pickup truck or dump truck with a white plow that has red stripes attached to the front of it.
    
Authorities ask anyone who has any information on this vehicle or who may have seen the crash to contact the South Euclid Police Department at (216) 381-1234. You can remain anonymous.

On your side, Shay Harris, Newschannel 5.

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