SYMMES Twp. (FOX19) - A Hamilton County Sheriff’s cruiser was struck in Symmes Township early Sunday morning.
Hamilton County Sheriff, Jim Neil, says the marked cruiser had its overhead lights on and was parked on the right shoulder of I-71 North near the Mason Montgomery Road/ Fields Ertel Road exit.
The deputy was outside of the cruiser backing up another officer during a traffic stop when deputies say Hitesh Sethi, 36 of Loveland, hit the cruiser in the northbound lane at 12:19 a.m.
Sethi drove his 2016 Toyota Rav-4 off the right side of the roadway and hit the cruiser. Then Sethi’s car began to rotate clockwise and rolled onto its left side where it then stopped.
Sheriff Neil says Sethi suffered minor injuries. His passenger, Sonam Sethi, was transported by the the Loveland Symmes Fire Department to Bethesda North Hospital where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The deputies were not injured.
Speed, alcohol and/or drugs were not believed to have contributed to the crash.
It still remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.