Ohio Deputy Struck by Pickup While Directing Traffic After High School Football Game

A Stark County Sheriff’s deputy directing traffic at a local high school football game was struck by a pickup truck late Friday night. The Deputy was on-duty as he directed traffic just before 10 p.m. on State Route 93 in front of Tuslaw High School when he was struck, according to a news release from Lt. Leo Shirkey of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Canton post.

The deputy was wearing a reflective safety jacket and holding a flashlight when a woman pulled her black 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 from a private drive at the school, the release showed. She was turning left to go north onto Route 93 and, as she was directed out onto the road, she struck the deputy.

“He’s banged up a bit,” Sheriff George T. Maier said Saturday morning. The highway patrol was called to investigate the crash because it involved a deputy, which is common procedure for the sheriff’s office, he confirmed.

The deputy was treated at Aultman Hospital for “non-incapacitating injuries,” including a broken wrist, the highway patrol’s news release stated.

The woman was not injured in the incident, which remained under investigation on Saturday. No charges had been filed.

The sheriff said the deputy had been directing traffic as an extra-duty detail at the school.

“It’s a dangerous job,” the sheriff said.

This news was provided by the Canton Rep