September 20, 2014

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Clearview school board member OK after hit-and-run

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A Clearview school board member was struck by a car Saturday night, and the driver fled the scene before turning himself in.

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Melissa Newsome, who is in the middle of her second term on the Clearview school board, was hit by a red Ford Taurus while crossing South Broadway around 9:37 p.m. Saturday, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she was treated and released.

“She’s doing really good,” said her husband, Dave Newsome. “She got a few stitches on her lip and she’s a little sore, but other than that she’s fine.”

He said he and his wife had left a birthday party and were crossing South Broadway from the east side of the road to go home when the northbound vehicle hit her.

A witness to the incident, Melissa Ross, said she was driving in the right lane behind the Taurus and watched as it veered left to avoid hitting Newsome but that Newsome also continued toward the car.

“He kept going into the oncoming lanes to swerve and miss her, but he actually did hit her,” Ross said. “He actually ran right over top of her.”

An investigator with the Highway Patrol found that Melissa Newsome, 37, was at fault for the crash, and she was charged with pedestrian in the roadway.

The driver of the Taurus, 20-year-old Sheldon Ball, of Lorain, continued north on Broadway but later called the Highway Patrol to admit his involvement. He told troopers he fled the scene because he “became overwhelmed with fear” due to the fact that he was driving on a suspended license.

He was charged with that infraction, as well as leaving the scene of an accident.

Contact Adam Wright at 329-7155 or awright@chroniclet.com.