Grisly RTA Hit-and-run in Lakewood: UPDATE

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UPDATE: Joseph Milan has died of injuries sustained after being crushed by an RTA bus in Lakewood on June 10, family members have confirmed.

Little else is known about the situation, reported by Scene below, as RTA is being quite tight-lipped. Lakewood police have not publicly expounded on the investigation, either. - Eric Sandy


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Originally posted June 11:

Via Lakewood Patch, a man crushed by the No. 26 RTA bus on Detroit Ave. in Lakewood Monday morning is now in critical condition, fighting for his life at MetroHealth Medical Center.

According to Police, the victim was running late, had been banging on the bus door, and tripped and fell. As of Monday, police haven't discovered who the driver was — can't they just ask RTA? — but they seem to think the driver wasn't aware that anyone had been run over.

A passing nurse from Lakewood stopped to help the injured man, who was reportedly lying in a pool of his own blood.

“It looked [like] it dragged him halfway down the street,” the nurse told the Patch. “I never, in million years, thought that someone would be hit by a bus and left for dead.”

Both of the man's legs were severely broken, and the Lakewood Fire Department called his injuries life threatening. For the time being, RTA has deferred all questions to the Lakewood Police.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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