Man running across US for charity injured in Madison County hit-skip

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A man who is attempting to run across the United States to raise money for charity was struck by a vehicle in Madison County Wednesday.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 8 a.m. on U.S. Route 40 near the Clark/Madison County line in Somerford Township.

OSHP said 53-year-old Nicholas Ashill was running along the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver did not stop.

Ashill was taken to the Wexner Medical Center by medical helicopter. He is in fair condition, according to the hospital.

Authorities confirmed Ashill is a runner from New Zealand, who has been running across the country to raise money for pulmonary fibrosis.

He had been running for 80 days when he was hit.

Troopers believe the vehicle may have been a 1992-98 Chevrolet or GMC pick-up truck may have struck Ashill. The truck may have damage to the right mirror or right side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information who may have witnessed the crash or have information relating to the crash is encouraged to call Ohio State Highway Patrol – West Jefferson Post at 614-879-7626.

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