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OSHP seeks tips in fatal hit-and-run

Posted: 11:02 AM, Mar 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-24 03:33:07Z
OSHP seeks tips in fatal hit-and-run
OSHP seeks tips in fatal hit-and-run
OSHP seeks tips in fatal hit-and-run

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is seeking tips to find the hit-and-run driver responsible for killing a Cleves man and seriously injuring a Cincinnati man last year.

Douglas Griffin, a FedEx driver, pulled onto a berm off Interstate 70 near Columbus to make repairs on the Volvo semi he was driving at about 3:30 a.m. March 3, 2015. Another FedEx driver, Michael West, stopped to help Griffin with the repairs.

It was then that an unidentified semi-truck hit the two men, troopers said. The driver did not stop and continued east.

Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene. West was seriously injured; his left side was paralyzed, and one of his lungs collapsed.

Mike West was treated at a Columbus hospital. Photo courtesy Sara West

More than a year later, he's still recovering.

"After everything that happened, we just need to find the person that caused all this," his sister, Sara West, said.

"It makes me even sicker to my stomach knowing that this person possibly very well knew that they had hit somebody or something, and even if you thought it was a person or not, you need to pull over and check because there could be someone dying on the side of the highway," she added.

Authorities asked that anyone with information call the Ohio State Highway Patrol hub at 614-799-6633.