Orange Village police officer injured in crash released from the hospital

ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio - Orange Village Police Officer Robert Rosic was released from the hospital Thursday night, just hours after being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center after being hit by a car on Interstate 271.

Rusic, 45, was standing outside his marked SUV running traffic enforcement in the northbound local lanes between Harvard Road and Chagrin Boulevard when he was struck by a car traveling north.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene the 20-year veteran was unconscious but breathing. The accident happened just a few hundred yards from University Hospital's Ahuja Medical Center, but because of the extent of Rosic's apparent injuries the decision was made to fly him to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Orange Village police said Thursday night though that Rosic was released from the hospital around 7 p.m. and is home resting.

"It's a shock to us all at anytime these things happen," said Orange Village Police Sgt. Michael Roberts of the reaction when the call came in to them that one of their own was down. "It's one of the inherent risks of the job we all know it could happen at any time."

The driver of the car that hit Rosic's cruiser was taken to Hillcrest Hospital. No word on his name or condition. The investigation is continuing.

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