November 23, 2014

Elyria
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Garbage collector from Elyria LifeFlighted after being hit

HINCKLEY TWP. — An employee of Allied Trash Services was struck by a vehicle while on the job this morning in Medina County.

Hinckley police officers reconstruct an accident scenario this morning along Bellus Road in Hinckley Township. Elyria resident James Lennerth, 31, was struck by a Dodge Caliber while picking up trash along the road for Allied Waste Services, which is out of Lorain County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Hinckley police officers reconstruct an accident scenario this morning along Bellus Road in Hinckley Township. Elyria resident James Lennerth, 31, was struck by a Dodge Caliber while picking up trash along the road for Allied Waste Services, which is out of Lorain County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

James Lennerth, 31 of Elyria, was positioned in front of a garbage truck while attempting to collect a trash bin on the side of the road, when a gold Dodge Caliber swerved around the truck and struck him about 6:45 a.m. today near 1808 Bellus Road, according to Sgt. Bruce Linville, of the Hinckley Police Department.

Lennerth was flown by emergency helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. His condition was not immediately known, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Linville said the victim had some visible facial and head lacerations. An on-scene medic noted Lennerth was “talking but appeared confused and disoriented” prior to the arrival of the helicopter.

The female driver of the car that struck Lennerth is not likely to be cited, as it appears she did not commit a driving violation, Linville said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or at sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.