Description: The Ohio State Highway Patrol released cruiser camera video today of Trooper Brent E. Hill being critically injured in a crash on I-75 North in Warren County, February 27, 2013.
Trooper Hill was investigating another crash on the interstate when Tyler Andrew Combs, 22, of Vandalia, came driving by too close and too fast for the icy conditions.Combs was convicted of vehicular assault and sentenced November 7th, 2013 to six months in jail. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
The cruiser camera video of the strike is graphic. Trooper Hill was thrown in to the air for several yards. He sustained head trauma and extensive leg injuries, and was in the hospital for 20 days in critical condition. Hill has since recovered completely, according to the OHSP, but he entired in-the-line-of-duty disability retirement on November 3.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Combs "recklessly caused serious physical harm" to Hill. The weather had turned bad, but Fornshell said hundreds of vehicles approached the crash scene and all but about five of them were able to move into the next lane and those that couldn't at least slowed down, hesaid.
He also said Combs was allegedly driving faster than any other driver and there was evidence he allegedly used marijuana earlier that day. Witnesses also said he was operating his vehicle
inappropriately for the conditions. He said he hopes this serves as a wake up call to other drivers.
"I think the message here is, take weather out of the equation. These law enforcement officers who are on the side of the road investigating crashes or helping disabled motorists, or doing traffic stops, doing what they can to keep us safe, are at risk when people will not slow down and will not get over," he said. "Unfortunately it happens all the time. We're lucky more officers aren't hurt."