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Tow-truck driver hit by SUV

Courtney Astolfi • Jan 24, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Scott Farrell, 55, of Sandusky, was listed in stable condition at a Toledo hospital Thursday afternoon, just hours after sustaining a life-threatening leg injury, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Anthony DeChoudens said.

Farrell, a Sandusky Towing employee, was standing on the roadside at about 9 a.m. as he hooked a disabled Chevy Silverado to his tow truck in the westbound lanes of Ohio 2, near Ohio 13.

Highway Patrol troopers were already at the scene at the time, having responded after the Silverado slid off the road and into a ditch.

As troopers stood by and Farrell hooked the Silverado to his tow truck, a Dodge SUV lost control on the snowy highway and struck Farrell.

The Dodge came to a rest in the middle of the highway, trapping the severely-injured Farrell underneath, DeChoudens said.

A trooper dragged Farrell out from under the vehicle and enlisted Huron firefighters to transport him to Firelands Regional Medical Center. From there, Farrell was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

The SUV’s driver, Jessica Hellisz, 30, of Cleveland, was charged with failure to control.

DeChoudens reminded drivers to slow down on snow- and ice-covered roads, even if it means driving below the posted speed limit.

Ohio’s move-over law also applies to tow trucks, in addition to emergency vehicles, he said.

“The law applies to wreckers on the side of the road,” DeChoudens said. “You are required to move over and slow down”

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