Monday, November 22, 1999

Police seek driver who hit jogger

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police Sunday were still searching for leads on the motorist who struck a lunchtime jogger in downtown Cincinnati on Friday and fled the scene.

        Sheila Desimio, 43, of Hyde Park, was struck at 12:26 p.m. by a car going west on Levee Way near Cinergy Field. The impact threw Mrs. Desimio 29 feet and fractured her pelvis in three places.

        According to the police report, three witnesses said the man driving the late 1980s Pontiac Grand Am ran a red light, struck the victim and then continued on toward Pete Rose Way.

        “He hit her and drove around her,” said Mrs. Desimio's husband, Chris, on Sunday. “It's scary that this guy is still out there.”

        Mr. Desimio said there were a lot of people near the intersection, including a number of construction workers.

        Mr. Desimio, who applauded police and fire personnel and passers-by for their assistance to his wife, said she is recuperating at home and is on crutches. Mrs. Desimio, who works downtown, often runs during her lunch hour, he said.

        Anyone with information on the hit-skip is asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Division's traffic unit at 352-2514.


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