SPRINGDALE, Ohio (FOX19) - An 18-year-old has been charged in a crash involving a Springdale police cruiser that sent the officer and another to hospitals early Thursday, according to Springdale police.
Crescentville Road is open again between Ohio 747 and Chesterdale Road. It was shut down for several hours while the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated at the scene.
The crash was reported just before 3 a.m. as Springdale Officer Sarah Luken was investigating a previous crash on East Crescentville Road near Tivoli Lane, police said in a news release.
The driver of that vehicle was in the backseat of Officer Luken’s cruiser, awaiting a tow truck, and then the officer planned to drive him home.
Officer Luken’s vehicle was stationary, facing westbound on East Crescentville Road, and her cruiser’s emergency overhead lights were activated, police said.
At 3:30 a.m., a vehicle being driven by 18-year-old Hallan Jeronimo Sales was traveling westbound on E. Crescentville Road crashed into the rear of Officer Luken’s police cruiser.
The officer and her rear-seat passenger, an 18-year-old, and Sales were all transported to area hospitals.
Officer Luken was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
The rear seat occupant of Officer Luken’s vehicle is still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“We have had serious accidents, and we even had an officer struck and killed in a pursuit last year, but having someone else in the backseat of our cars is rare,” said Springdale Officer Keenan Riordan. “And in this case, they’re having some severe injuries and problems. So, of course, our thoughts and prayers go out to that young man.”
Sales has also been released from the hospital and is being charged with aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle under the influence, assured clear distance ahead and driving without a valid driver’s license.
“Impairment is believed to be a factor in why that third vehicle struck our officer in the rear,” said Riordan.
The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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