MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio -- Two men in a stolen car struck and severely injured an elderly man before fleeing the scene Tuesday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from Mount Healthy police.
Police said they found Gerald Young, 71, near Seward Ave. and Adams Road with "significant injuries" inflicted during a high-speed crash. Authorities transported Young to the UC Medical Center’s emergency room.
"He doesn’t deserve it," said Dorothy Niehaus, a neighbor of Young’s. “We celebrate Christmas together, and he comes over to my family for Thanksgiving -- you know, he’s by himself here."
During the investigation, police said they discovered that the vehicle that struck Young had been reported stolen in Cincinnati earlier in the day.
Witnesses to the crash said two young men exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to police.
"I saw one young man just standing there," said Brian Cox, who witnessed the aftermath of the wreck. "He had to be disoriented, and I think the sirens made him run."
Mount Healthy authorities requested that anyone with information about the incident contact either police at 513-728-3183 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.