By Jeff Gallatin
Funds have been set up at two area financial institutions for anybody wanting to make a donation to help pay the bills for North Olmsted city patrolman Jack Justice, who was seriously injured when the off-duty officer’s car was hit by an alleged drunk driver.
Both the North Coast Credit Union and Fifth Third Bank have set up funds to help Justice and his family deal with bills while he recovers from injuries he suffered when his 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was struck early Saturday in Liverpool Township by a 1992 Dodge Ram truck with a snowplow attached to it. Justice remained in serious condition Friday at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was Life-Flighted after the crash. State Highway Patrol officials said the driver of the truck, Dalton P. Phillips, 23, of Columbia Station, failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road initially, then struck Justice’s car when the truck went back on the road. Highway patrol officials said Friday investigators were wrapping up their investigation and that Phillips will face driving under the influence and other charges related to the accident when he appears in Medina Municipal Court.
North Olmsted police Capt. Ron Cox said Justice’s family and the department have received many inquiries about how people could help. Justice and his wife, Emily, who have four children.
“Jack’s real popular in the community,” Cox said. “A lot of people wanted to do something, so his wife, Emily, has worked with the two financial institutions to set up something where they could do so.”
People can drop off checks to the credit union at 22735 Lorain Road in Fairview Park, or they can make donations at any branch of Fifth Third Bank.