'Wild day' for Sandusky couple

SANDUSKY A Sandusky couple was dealt a double whammy of bad luck this week, falling victim to a car
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A Sandusky couple was dealt a double whammy of bad luck this week, falling victim to a car theft the same day they were hospitalized after a car struck them.

"It was a wild day," said Gregory Moses, 58, who along with his wife, Judith Moses, 51, was struck by a car Monday afternoon while walking across the intersection of Campbell and Taylor streets.

Moses said he and his wife were taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center after the incident, but he was later taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center for further treatment to his shattered knee. His wife fared better, suffering only a few bruises.

While they were in the hospital, their car -- a 2002 Buick LeSabre -- was stolen from their Taylor Street home.

Moses' 24-year-old son called Sandusky police at about 7 a.m. Tuesday after returning home from his third-shift job to discover his parents' car missing from the driveway.

Moses called OnStar -- the in-car security system -- to track the vehicle's location.

At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, OnStar employees called Sandusky police and said the car was in Cleveland, headed east on Interstate 90.

At 10:25 a.m., Cleveland police pulled the car over at 14th Street and Carnegie Avenue, said Sandusky police Det. John Orzech.

Three Sandusky boys -- two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old -- were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, Orzech said.

The car wasn't returned as of Wednesday. Moses said he's hoping there's minimal damage.

"It's been one thing after another," he said. "It was a rough year last year, so I thought this year was better until a couple of things like this happened."

Earlier last year, Moses was hospitalized twice -- the first time for a staph infection, the second time for a heart attack.

On Wednesday, Moses was still quick to count his blessings. Other than the surgical pins sticking from his leg -- and another knee surgery scheduled for next month -- he said he's in good shape after the accident.

While it's unlikely he'll get an apology from the thieves who stole his car, he did get an apology from the driver who struck him and his wife.

The driver, Sandusky resident Nicholas Hurlburt, 18, was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians.

"The kid that hit us, (he) came here and apologized for it," Moses said. "He felt really bad."