Man hit, dragged 5 blocks by car, dies

By Joshua Benton
Blade Staff Writer

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A 13th Street man was killed last night when a car dragged him for five downtown blocks after hitting him as he crossed a street.

Ralph Jeremy was hit so hard he was knocked out of his shoes, Toledo police said. He was transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center after the 6:15 p.m. accident, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Yesterday was his 67th birthday.

He had celebrated at Michael’s Bar & Grill, 901 Monroe St., and was walking across Monroe near Michigan Avenue, police said. About halfway across, he was hit by a car and thrown onto its hood.

The car’s driver kept going, driving three blocks before turning right on 12th Street. He drove two more blocks down 12th, swerving back and forth and quickly stopping and starting, in an apparent effort to throw the man’s body off the hood, police said.

Near the intersection of 12th and Madison Avenue, Mr. Jeremy’s body fell to the pavement. The driver fled westbound down Madison Avenue.

Late last night, police were looking for a mid to full-sized white sedan made in the mid-1980s. The driver is described as a black male between 24 and 29 years old. The vehicle may be slightly damaged on the right front side, and large amounts of blood may be on the hood and windshield.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStopper at 255-1111.