Thursday, August 12, 1999

Man dies of injuries in hit-skip accident

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An elderly man died Wednesday night at University Hospital from injuries received Tuesday when he was struck in a hit-and-run accident, downtown.

How it happened
        Nicholas Barbas, a transient in Cincinnati, had suffered severe head injuries from the accident that occurred outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sixth Street.

        The driver who hit Mr. Barbas is unknown and was at large late Wednesday, although Cincinnati police impounded a car earlier in the day they think was used in the accident.

        A tip led police to a gray Chevrolet Celebrity parked in English Woods. It will be tested today for paint matches and fingerprints, said Sgt. Rudy Gruenke of the police divi sion's traffic section.

        Police said the driver and a passenger sped out of an alley about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and hit Mr. Barbas and three teen-agers walking near the Crowne Plaza Hotel, before fleeing westbound on Sixth Street.

        Two teens were released from Children's Hospital on Tuesday after being treated for minor injuries. A third, Sheila Mayborg, 15, of Sayler Park, was released Wednesday.

        Because one of the victims died, the driver could be charged with involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide.

        Anyone with information about the driver's identity, or the identity of the passenger in his car, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

Wednesday story: Driver hits 4, speeds away

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