CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP — A South Charleston woman was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drug abuse Wednesday morning after ramming her vehicle into a county sheriff’s cruiser.
Authorities say Hilda Hill, 72, was driving south on State Route 42 and failed to maintain assured clear distance, crashing her 2013 Fiat 500 into the vehicle of Deputy Rick Spatz, who was investigating a separate accident on 42 near Tarbox-Cemetery Road.
“This lady driving the Fiat, without braking or reacting at all, struck the deputy’s car head-on,” said Lt. Douglas Eck of the Ohio State Patrol Xenia Post.
Eck said Spatz had his vehicle parked in the southbound lane facing north with it’s emergency lights on and had to jump into a ditch to avoid being run over by Hill.
According the Major Rick Bowman of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Hill said, “I didn’t see the stop sign” when officers approached her. There are no stop signs in the area, Bowman said, which indicated she could have had some type of impairment.
Hill was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, where she was treated and released.
Bowman said Spatz was at the scene originally investigating an accident where a truck struck a Dayton Power and Light pole. A citizen who was assisting with traffic control until the Ohio State Patrol arrived yelled at Eck to get out of the way when he saw Hill approaching.
The cruiser suffered moderate front end damage, Bowman said, but he thought it could be repaired. The state patrol is investigating and Bowman said if Hill is found at fault, she would be responsible for the damage to the vehicle.