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Injured pedestrian in critical condition

Cary Ashby • Aug 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Troopers with the state Highway Patrol have said they suspect a rural Greenwich pedestrian injured in a Sunday night crash was under the influence of alcohol.

“It wasn’t the driver,” Sgt. Evan Stevens said Tuesday, referring to Joseph C. Allread, 30, of 2751 Butler Road, Wakeman. “There were no indicators (of alcohol) or that he had anything to drink.”

Citizens Ambulance treated pedestrian Amanda L. Lewis, 22, of 1541 Township Road 126, Greenwich, at the Wakeman Township crash site for incapacitating injuries, troopers said. A LifeFlight helicopter then transported her to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Stevens said Lewis most recently was in critical condition.

“We can’t talk to her. She’s still in the hospital,” added the assistant post commander. “We just got the update from her father.”

About 11:17 p.m. Sunday, Lewis was walking south in the southbound lane of Butler Road ahead of the 1995 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by Allread, who was heading in the same direction. Troopers said Allread attempted to stop before hitting Lewis, but was unable to do so.

The accident, which remains under investigation, happened south of Ohio 303.

Evans said it’s unknown where Lewis was going, but the patrol has received calls indicating she was seen walking in the road. The sergeant added that troopers are in the progress of getting witness information and it could be a couple weeks before they get Lewis’ lab results back from the hospital.

“We haven’t followed up on that,” Stevens said, referring to interviewing witnesses.

Allread, who was wearing his seat belt, wasn’t injured. Troopers said his truck was able to be driven from the scene.

The Wakeman Fire District, Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Citizens Ambulance and a LifeFlight crew assisted troopers at scene.

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