12/19/14 3:18 p.m.
Two people were hit by a truck while changing a tire on State Route 31 near milepost 4 in Hardin County’s Hale Township around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities are searching for the driver and vehicle involved.
According to the State Highway Patrol, 82-year-old Lauren James of Kenton was parked well of the roadway on the southbound side of State Route 31. A tow truck was parked nearby with all emergency lights activated.
A dark colored pick-up truck heading south went off the right side of the roadway, striking both James and the tow truck driver, 21-year-old Jordan Long of Richwood, before leaving the scene.
James was airlifted to Riverside Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries. Long was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton with non-life threatening injuries.
The patrol is asking the public for assistance in locating the pick-up truck, possibly a Toyota with writing on the tailgate. It will have Ohio registration plates, will be missing the driver-side mirror and should have damage on the left front corner.
Anyone with information should contact the Findlay Patrol Post at 419-423-1414.
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