Shortly before 3 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Musser was driving south on Columbus Avenue, following behind Mark Weikle, 50, of the 4800 block of Columbus Ave. Weikle slowed to turn into his driveway on the east side of the street, when Musser began to pass him in the northbound lane. Musser’s patrol SUV struck the driver’s side of Weikle’s Chevrolet Malibu, sending the vehicles off the road, in between two trees and into a neighboring lawn.
Witnesses said that once the vehicles came to a stop, Musser emerged from his cruiser, and checked on Weikle’s condition. He then dropped to his knees and clutched at his ribs, they said.
Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were quickly joined by Perkins police and fire departments at the scene of the accident.
Several witnesses said Musser’s lights and siren were activated when the crash happened, and a press release issued by the state highway patrol indicated the same. Weikle was not wearing his seatbelt when the collision occurred.
Both Weikle and Musser were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. Weikle was still being evaluated for a possible broken leg on Sunday evening, according to the press release. A nursing supervisor said Musser was also still being evaluated at that time, but according to the press release, Musser was treated and released.
Troopers have not issued a citation to either man, and a reconstruction team is still investigating the crash.