A 70-year-old man died after his vehicle rolled into a retention pond in the Hoffman Farms subdivision this morning, Oct. 26.
It is unclear when the vehicle entered the water, but it possibly occurred overnight, said Andrea Litchfield, a spokeswoman for the Hilliard Division of Police.
Hilliard police have identified the man as Robert Daugherty of Berwyn Road, Columbus.
“Police are working to determine when the vehicle entered the water,” but nearby residents did not hear any sounds or see anything indicating it occurred in daylight hours, Litchfield said.
Police received the first report of the incident at 10:40 a.m.
Hilliard police and the Norwich Township Fire Department responded to the single-vehicle crash into a retention pond at Allisons Way and Kathryns Way in the Hoffman Farms subdivision.
A couple walking in the neighborhood thought they had seen something in the pond, and a retired Columbus police officer confirmed it was a truck completely submerged, Norwich Township fire Chief Jeff Warren said.
Daugherty — the truck’s only known occupant — was transported to OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Warren said.
A Norwich medic, part of the NTFD’s dive team, sustained a minor laceration while pulling Daugherty’s body from the vehicle, Litchfield said.
He was treated at an area hospital for the injury.
Tire tracks in the grass indicate the vehicle rolled from the road and across a slight grade into the pond, Litchfield said.
Anyone who might have seen or heard anything connected with the crash is asked to call Hilliard police at 614-876-7321.
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