DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio sheriff’s office is trying to figure out how a critically injured man was left inside a vehicle for six hours after it was towed from a crash scene in suburban Dayton on New Year’s Day.
A worker preparing to take the vehicle off a flatbed truck found the man screaming for help, the Dayton Daily News reported.
The man was in stable condition Thursday, a week after the crash in Harrison Township, Montgomery County sheriff’s Capt. Jeremy Roy said. Roy is reviewing the case to decide whether a formal administrative investigation should be done.
“We got a lot of people who missed him and that’s what we’re trying to determine — what happened,” Roy said.
The office is trying to confirm whether deputies followed policy and conducted the standard inventory of the inside of the car, Roy said. It is reviewing whether the man might have returned to the car once it was checked, though Roy doubts that possibility because the man had severe injuries.
Wires strewn across the car and the road might have kept emergency responders from immediately accessing the scene after the vehicle struck and broke a utility pole early on Jan. 1, he said.
The deputies who were involved are working their usual patrol shifts while Roy reviews what happened.
The car is owned by a 42-year-old man, but the office hasn’t confirmed whether he is the person who was found injured.