SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (WTOL) – A man is in the hospital after a dangerous hit-and-run accident. Police said it is the result of road rage.
It happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Central Avenue and Crissey Road in Sylvania Township.
"Hurting. Hurting real bad right now," said victim Harold "Bubba" Roof, 48.
Roof was transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center with devastating injuries. Still confined to a hospital bed, Roof said he does not remember much about the moment that landed him there.
"It all happened so fast. It was just unreal," recalled Roof.
Roof was the passenger in a pickup truck heading west on Central Avenue. Investigators said Michael Creamer, 38, was behind the wheel driving to ZFI Industrial in Delta. Police said a car cut them off, sparking a perilous game of cat-and-mouse, with both drivers passing back and forth.
"Bad things happen when you get two people that are that angry at each other," said Bowers.
According to police, the pickup stopped in the road in front of the car. When Roof got out, the car drove off the right side of the roadway and struck him.
"Felt like a mule kicked me," said Roof. "I mean, to get hit by his car - that was just unreal."
The driver of the other car drove off.
Sore, with bruises all over and a gash on his head, Roof has one word to describe the other driver.
"Point blank coward," stated Roof.
Police said road rage is dangerous because it is so unpredictable. When getting frustrated, police recommend taking a deep breath and removing oneself from the situation.
It is advice Roof admitted that could have kept him out of the hospital in the first place.
"I should have just drove away and not confronted him," said Roof.
Police are still searching for the driver who hit Roof. He is described as a bald, white man in his 30s. He was driving a silver or white Honda, possibly a Civic model. Police said the vehicle likely has front-end damage, perhaps to its bumper, hood or windshield.
Anyone with information should call the Toledo State Highway Patrol Post at 419-865-5544.
Roof is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night.
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