Two pedestrians struck while changing tires in less than a week

Man struck while changing tire on 1-490

CLEVELAND - A pedestrian was struck at 1-490 near East 55th in Cleveland Friday night, sending him to MetroHealth Medical Center.  

Officials say his condition was unknown Friday evening.

Police say the man was just changing a flat tire on the side of the road when he was hit.

Just last week a group of people were injured on the side of the road.  That incident happened this past Saturday, when changing a flat tire on I-480 west bound near State Road turned deadly.

One person died. Two other people got hurt.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says two people were on the right side of the road when it happened. A pickup truck drifted off the side of the highway.

Two victims were thrown to the front of the disabled vehicle.

Police say they suspect drugged driving was a factor in the I-480 incident.

The cause of Friday’s night accident is unknown, but once again a person changing a tire on 490 ended up being hit by a vehicle near East 55th.

The details are sparse right now, but it's a cautionary tale.

DMV.org makes it clear, if you can get off the highway you probably should.

The following details on how to avoid getting struck come from DMV.org:

  • If you’re on the freeway, taking the next exit is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on a blown tire, according to DMV.org. Otherwise, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible.
  • Don't park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can't see you.
  • Also, choose a flat spot; jacking up your car on a hill can be a disaster.
  • If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. Be sure to set your parking brake!
  • Turn on your hazard lights.

You can also call out the professionals.


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