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Traffic stop leads to hit-skip suspect

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

Cleveland police say the driver who struck and killed a pedestrian Jan. 9 at Kamm’s Corner is a 16-year-old, white female teen from Fairview Park.

According to police, 81-year-old Lobins was walking with a walker in the street attempting to cross in the crosswalk and was struck by a black SUV. After striking Lobins, the SUV driver continued eastbound on Lorain Road, police said. Lobins was pronounce dead on arrival at the nearby Fairview Hospital.

The Plain Dealer quoted Lobins’s son as saying the 81-year-old’s legs and hip were broken in the accident.

The Cleveland Division of Police credits the Fairview Park Police Department with assistance in the identification of the suspect.

A Fairview Park police officer, Sgt. Paul Shepard, stopped the SUV suspected in connection with the accident for a minor traffic violation Feb. 2, Fairview Park Police Chief Patrick Nealon told West Life. Shepard saw damage to the front end of the SUV during the traffic stop, Nealon said. No action was taken at the time, but the information was turned over to Cleveland police, Nealon said.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office had asked Fairview Park police to participate in a task force investigating the hit-skip accident, Nealon said. Shepard had attended some task force meetings.

The case has been presented to the county’s juvenile court prosecutor for review concerning charges, Cleveland police Det. Jennifer Ciaccia said.

 

 

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