A moped rider is in serious condition after the driver of a Ford F-150 struck him on a Tomas 70CC moped. The crash happened on Harrison Avenue when the moped rider, Darik Klepper, made a left turn. The driver of the Ford F-150 has not been identified, although the truck was found the following day. The driver failed to remain on the scene, or to contact emergency medical services, given the information available at this time.
Klepper was immediately transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, arriving in serious condition with serious injuries. Cincinnati Police have not made a statement regarding whether excessive speed, failure to yield, or intoxication have played a part in this crash. Many are wondering which driver had the right of way, and of course, why the pickup truck driver didn’t stop.
The surveillance footage of the crash helped to locate the pickup truck later, although the driver or owner of the truck was not found. The surveillance footage shows that the truck stopped at the crash scene, drove around the body of the victim, and then fled the scene. Cincinnati is not the only city experiencing a high influx of hit and run drivers.
Witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or to reach out to the Cincinnati Police Department and request the traffic unit. Any information is helpful at this time as police try to identify the driver of the pickup truck and take decisive action against the hit-and-run behavior and all other elements of the crash that may lead to further criminal charges. In Cincinnati and throughout Ohio, it is against the law to not stop and remain at the site of a crash; however, there are likely additional charges depending on negligence and other factors.
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