Driver charged with hit-and-run crash involving crossing guard

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Driver charged with hit-and-run crash involving crossing guard

A 63-year-old man has been charged with a hit-and-run crash that injured a Prairie Lincoln Elementary School crossing guard.

Paul Doddridge, of Columbus, was charged with hit-skip, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, traffic control device and marked lanes after he allegedly struck Erin Woody, of Lancaster, with his 2014 black Ford F150 and fled the scene at about 2:43 p.m. on Dec. 12 while Woody was in the roadway at Amesbury Way and Schoolhouse Lane in front of Prairie Lincoln Elementary School.

Woody suffered minor injuries, Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin said.

Doddridge reportedly struck Woody and then drove over a curb as witnesses tried to block the truck from leaving the scene.

Witnesses said multiple children had to run and jump out of the way of the truck. No children were injured, Baldwin said in a statement.

“I couldn’t imagine what was going through his head. For someone not able to wait ten or 15 extra seconds for parents and children to get safely through a crosswalk is just mind-boggling to myself,” said parent Joshua Monigold.

Baldwin reminded motorists to be cautious in school safety zones.

“Safety in a school zone is of the utmost importance to everyone, especially our children,” Baldwin said.

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