The East Cleveland Police cruiser that struck and killed a man Saturday night was responding to an emergency call when the crash happened, authorities say.
The police officer was driving east on Superior Avenue on the way to an injury car crash with the cruiser’s overhead emergency lights activated at around 9:50 p.m., according to the Cleveland Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who is handling the investigation.
Authorities said the cruiser approached the intersection of Emily Avenue when the pedestrian, a 21-year-old man, attempted to cross the intersection to the south and entered the roadway in front of the cruiser before the officer struck him.
The victim rolled up onto the hood of the cruiser, struck the windshield and landed on the road. He was taken to University Hospitals, where he later died.