DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An arrest has been made in a crash that severed a utility worker’s leg in downtown Cincinnati early Thursday.
Rashad Allen, 27, has been charged with vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a crash, and numerous misdemeanor and felony warrants connected to hte incident.
Officers and firefighters responded to 8th and Main streets shortly after 2 a.m. A four-door, 2017 Nissan Sentra heading north on Main Street ran a red light at 8th Street, striking the tail of a 2008 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle, police said.
The impact of the collision caused the SUV to pin the 26-year-old utility worker, Nicholas Orihood, between the SUV and a van, severing the worker’s leg, they said. The SUV also hit a parked vehicle. The utility worker was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, a news release states.
Tele-Vac Environmental released a statement on the incident Thursday afternoon: “In the early hours of April 18, the Televac family suffered a great tragedy when one of our employees sustained significant injuries resulting from a hit and run accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family during this difficult time. We would like to thank all the first responders and medical staff for their quick response and continued treatment.We will share additional information as it becomes available and is appropriate.”
He is listed in serious condition.
The driver of the SUV, Kyle Napier, 33, also was taken to the hospital, police said, adding that he has minor injuries.
The Nissan driver got out and ran off, leaving the vehicle behind, according to police.
Excessive speed is a possible factor in this crash, according to police. It’s not clear yet if impairment is; the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers: 513-352-3040. Witnesses are also asked to contact CPD’s Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514.