Traffic Cameras Capture Images Of Hit And Run Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash
Police are still on the hunt for the person who killed a woman and just kept driving.
That crash killed a Belmont County woman who was riding on a motorcycle with her husband.
Police identify her as 58-year-old Gayle Jackowski.
It happened Wednesday just after 5 p.m. on I-70 East in Pickerington.
Video from Ohio Department of Transportation traffic cameras shows the incident from afar.
The driver of a light colored car in the far left hand lane appears to have realized too late that they had missed their exit.
"The suspect vehicle had cut across several lanes of traffic to try to get onto the exit," said Commander Greg Annis of the Pickerington Division of Police.
The video shows the car darting directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
This 911 caller wasn't sure what she had seen.
"Someone, I think, was getting off the ramp, and I don't know if they cut her off or what, but she was riding along her merry way and she had to avoid someone. She had to avoid this car."
Police say what appeared to be the motorcycle veering to miss the car, was actually a collision.
10TV is not showing the moment of impact, which forced the motorcycle into the guardrail, throwing Jackowski from the bike.
Immediately after, the light colored vehicle is seen speeding away.
Annis feels confident the runaway driver was aware of the crash.
“Based upon the damage from the crash bar on the left side of the motorcycle and that it was bent back almost 90 degrees,” he said. “So they would have heard something. And probably felt something too."
Jackowski died a short time later at the hospital.
Her husband, Carl Jackowski, was treated and released.
Police are working with investigators from the state BMV and Department of Public Safety to locate the vehicle and its driver.
They urge that person to do the right thing.
"Come forward,” said Annis. “This isn't going to go away. We're bringing in a considerable amount of resources on this, which we will use. This incident is not going to go away."
Police are looking for a silver or gray four-door sedan, possible a Chevy Malibu, which should have damage to its right rear quarter, including a busted tail light.
Witnesses provided a partial license plate- the first letter is "G," the first number is "one".
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to that driver.
You can leave your tip anonymously at 614-461-TIPS.