CINCINNATI — A father and his daughter were out walking in Northside Thursday night when they were hit by a driver who fled the scene after the crash, according to Cincinnati police.
Police said the man sustained minor injuries but his daughter suffered more serious injuries; Both were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Cincinnati police said the driver of the vehicle that hit them left the scene. They did not provide a description of the vehicle.
The crash happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Pullan Avenue. Both roads were taped closed while officers investigated the crash.
Police are still investigating whether the driver ran the red light as the pedestrians crossed.
Anna Barchick-Suter said she was hit at the same intersection in 2021 when a driver ran a red light while she crossed Hamilton Avenue. She said the father hit Thursday night was nearby and called 911.
"They called 911 and stayed with me while I was in the street so they could make sure the ambulance got me to safety," said Barchick-Suter.
She lives in Northside and said she's spent the better half of 2022 recovering from the crash.
Bree Moss, president of the Northside Community Council said she and her colleagues have been advocating for safety features that would slow down traffic, like bump-outs in high-pedestrian areas. Residents in Northside have also placed signs throughout the neighborhood asking drivers to watch for pedestrians.
"We are already tracking radar on streets right now where drivers are exceeding 80 and 90 miles an hour," said Moss. "That is on residential streets."
Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval issued a statement about the crash on Friday:
My heart is with the father and daughter struck by a car last night in Northside. Everyone deserves the right to feel safe when walking in their neighborhood, and this incident serves as yet another unfortunate reminder that we must continue to prioritize pedestrian safety projects and initiatives. The community is asking for increased enforcement of traffic laws, and I am committed to working with CPD, our administration and neighborhood leaders to identify interventions that are both effective and equitable. Since 2018, DOTE has spent more than $215,000 in Northside on pedestrian safety improvements at eight different intersections. Those improvements include curb extensions, pedestrian triggered flashing lights, new marked crosswalks, stop signs, signal timing changes, and crosswalk paddles. There is more to be done to ensure pedestrian crashes are a thing of the past, and along with our City Council, I am dedicated to doing that work.