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Hit-and-run did more than ruin motorcyclist's helmet and break his foot — it left him unable to work

Posted at 11:16 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 00:47:09-04

CINCINNATI — Even as he sailed off the seat of his motorcycle and toward a landing that would shatter his right foot, Michael Minton tried to get a good look at the car that hit him.

It was gone too fast. By Wednesday night, with his foot in a cast and a a hospital bracelet around his left wrist, Minton still didn’t know who had driven away from the Colerain Avenue crash site without checking to see if he’d survived — or who to hold responsible for the fact that, as a self-employed handyman, he could be out of work for months.

 “It’s not just me,” he said. “My kids are out. My family is out. The people that hit me is just, you know, wherever they want to be. Who cares if I died?”

The Tuesday crash at the corner of Colerain Avenue and North Bend Road remained under investigation Wednesday, according to Cincinnati police.

Minton said he had been traveling at 20 mph when the car pulled into his lane and hit him, sending him flying across the road. He believes the car was black or navy blue, but he didn’t catch any details before he hit the pavement.

He hopes a nearby witness did and that his speaking out will encourage them to tell the police.

“With all that traffic, a lot of the cars around … somebody saw something,” he said.

All he sees for now are the deep scratches and dents in his helmet, which show how severe the impact could have been if he hadn’t been wearing it.

“It’s scary,” he said. “Especially when you have little kids, you know. … (Drivers) don’t look out for us, they don’t see us. They don’t even look.”

Anyone with information about the collision should contact the Cincinnati Police Department.