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Pedestrian in stable condition after being hit by vehicle

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 24, 2018 at 3:03 PM

A Norwalk pedestrian received incapacitating injuries Monday night after a vehicle hit him, but as of Tuesday afternoon he was in stable condition at a Toledo hospital.

Ronald L. Buffington, 49, of 80 St. Mary’s St., Lot 9, first was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and then was flown by a medical helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center, police said.

“I believe he had some fractures,” Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp said. “I heard he was alert (Tuesday).”

Buffington was walking in the crosswalk from East Washington Street to West Washington before the accident that happened at 9:27 p.m. Monday at the Whittlesey Avenue intersection.

The driver, Ryan A. Schaffer, 17, of 1325 New State Road, was southbound on Whittlesey Avenue in a 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

“He entered the intersection on a green light. His vehicle ended up hitting Mr. Buffington,” Hipp said. “He (Schaffer) pulled over and stopped.”

Hipp said police didn’t have an opportunity to speak to Buffington before he was taken to Fisher-Titus.

“We still need to talk to Mr. Buffington,” Hipp added. “There was no sign of impairment on the driver.”

In addition to interviewing the victim, he said police need to review witness statements and once the investigation is completed, reports will be forwarded to the Norwalk Law Director’s Office for review and the consideration of charges.

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