A stretch of Worthington-Galena Road in Worthington is expected to remain closed today, Sept. 11, after two reported hit-and-run accidents.
According to the Worthington Division of Police, a 28-year-old Westerville man allegedly drove his vehicle into a pole at Sancus and Lakeview Plaza boulevards and fled the scene on the night of Sept. 10.
When officers responded to the scene, they found another crash that resulted in a downed utility pole farther south, near Worthington-Galena and Highland Avenue.
Police searched for the driver and found him hiding in a trash bin in the 6700 block of North High Street. The man was injured in the crash and was taken by medics to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Worthington Sgt. Jim Moran said the incident began in Columbus, where the man allegedly “rammed” his boyfriend’s car with his vehicle before hitting another car and fleeing the scene.
After the crash at Sancus and Lakeview, Worthington officers became involved. By the time the second Worthington crash was discovered, they were working with the Columbus Division of Police.
Moran said the man was charged with two hit-and-run incidents. He said no charges had been filed to indicate that the man was intoxicated.
Moran said some news reports had suggested a car chase or a pursuit on foot, but neither had occurred.
“There was never a car chase and really was never a real foot chase either … from either department,” he said.
Moran said American Electric Power crews were on the scene Sept. 10, but work is delayed because many AEP crews are responding to outages in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Worthington-Galena is closed between Highland and Huntley Road and is not expected to reopen before Monday’s rush hour, with no further estimate available.