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Woman injured in hit-skip accident


ELYRIA — Police are investigating an accident on 16th Street in which a woman was struck by a car that left the area.

Officers were called to Middle Avenue and 16th Street at 10:47 p.m. Monday and found a 21-year-old woman lying on the ground, covered in blood.

The woman, Mariah Heard, was in and out of consciousness, according to a police report. She was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center and later flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for serious injuries, including a tear to the muscle in her arm, which would need to be reattached.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said she was recovering at Metro Health and detectives were sent there to interview her. He said she knew the driver of the vehicle, and she had stuck her arm in the car as it was leaving, which resulted in her injuries.

On Monday, witnesses at the scene told police that Heard was yelling at two women who arrived in a dark-colored vehicle and wanted to fight her. The witnesses said Heard was blocking the vehicle from pulling out of the driveway, and she yelled for someone to call police.

Heard, who spoke to police at the hospital, said she heard a loud noise and came outside to notice her vehicle’s window had been damaged. She tried to stop the two women, who she believed was responsible for the damage from leaving, and she was injured after sticking her arm inside the car as it drove away.

Police took photographs of the scene, including a picture of Heard’s vehicle with a shattered front window and two flat tires. A window screen on the house also appeared to be cut, police said.

Costantino said the case will be forwarded to the prosecutor due to the circumstances of the incident.

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