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Car wash collision related to dog riding in vehicle

Mister Carwash

Summit County dispatch got the report of a hit and run on Monday, shortly before 6 p.m.

The driver of a gold Honda Accord was in line at the Kimball Junction car wash. Cars are automatically taken through the wash while drivers are instructed to leave them in neutral.

The driver, identified as a 52-year-old Summit Park resident, had his large-breed dog in his lap. Possibly because the man was distracted, the Honda shifted into drive and hit an Acura MDX, driven by a 39-year-old Georgia woman.

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said the drivers were supposed to exchange information, but the Honda driver left.

After being tracked to his address, the man said he was an Uber and Lyft driver, but didn’t have a valid license at the time. The driver said his out-of-state license was going to be reinstated in about a week and a half. He was cited for fleeing the scene of an accident and not having a valid license.

The incident report said the man was also educated “about not having their large dog in their lap while they operate a motor vehicle.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.