Patrol: Pedestrian killed in ‘hit-skip’ on U.S. 62 in Hubbard Township

A patrolling trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol discovered the body of a 57-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle and killed just after 7:30 a.m. today on U.S. 62 in Hubbard Township.

The Warren post of the patrol is investigating the incident near milepost 6, and classified the crash a “hit-skip” in a news release.

The crash is believed to have occurred just before 3 a.m. The pedestrian, Vernon L. Hawkins, Sharon, Pa., was walking eastbound, near the left shoulder, according to the patrol.

When troopers were investigating, they noticed the vehicle they believed was involved in the crash attempting to drive around the crash scene on state Route 7, the news release states. Troopers pulled the man over.

“The driver,” was David J. Krok, 28, of Brookfield, the news release states. When the crash occurred, he was driving eastbound on U.S. 62 in the left lane in a 2008 Ford Explorer, according to the patrol.

“David Krok struck Vernon Hawkins and left the scene,” the news release states.

Lane Life Trans and the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office assisted at the crash scene.

The patrol’s office of criminal investigations and crash reconstruction specialists are assisting with the investigation.


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