Police wait for hit-skip tests

YOUNGSTOWN – Police have suspects in a pair of hit-skips that happened on the same South Side street within a week.

Detective Sgt. Patricia Garcar, head of the department’s Accident Investigation Unit, said police are awaiting test results in both cases before proceeding further.

She said in both cases, police have two ”persons of interest,” and investigators are trying to determine in each case who was behind the wheel at the time the accidents occurred.

About 3 a.m. Feb. 3, Robert Brown Jr., 23, was killed as he was walking on Hylda Street after leaving a birthday party at a nearby bar on Market Street.

On Friday, friends and family members of Brown were holding a vigil for him on Hylda when a car plowed through the participants, putting five people in the hospital.

Garcar said Wednesday four of those people were released from the hospital, and one person is in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Witnesses said a white car hit them, and police think they may have found the car at the Brandywine Apartments on the West Side just a couple of hours after the accident.

Garcar said the owner of the car called police and said that the car had been in an accident. She said the owner of the car is a person of interest in that case.

In the Brown case, police were able to track down the car they think was involved through numbers on parts they collected from the scene, Garcar said.

Some at the vigil said they thought the car that hit them drove through the crowd on purpose, but Garcar said police have not found any evidence of that.

”There’s no indication that this was intentional or these were related,” Garcar said.