Fender-benders abound on busiest shopping day
A police officer was injured Friday in one of a half dozen accidents in Perkins Township on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Perkins Township police Officer Joe Rotuno was driving south on U.S. 250 when his cruiser was hit by a car driving north at about 5:44 a.m. The car, driven by Deedra Fife, 36, of Commons, Ohio, was trying to turn left near the Bob Evans Restaurant.
Fife's 2004 Monte Carlo and the police cruiser were totally disabled after the wreck, said Lt. Al Matthews.
Rotuno was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released a short time later.
"He had a sore jaw," Matthew said, adding that Rotuno was expected to return to work without difficulty.
Fife declined any medical assistance and was cited for failure to yield on a left turn. The police cruiser was out of commission Friday with a broken headlight and front grille.
"It has to go to the body shop," Matthews said, adding no estimate of the damage was available.
About five other accidents happened Friday morning as drivers were bumper to bumper down U.S. 250 to catch early morning shopping specials.
Of those other accidents, one was a five-car pile-up and another involved three vehicles. There were no serious injuries, Matthews said.