Cleveland officer killed in hit-and-run crash on highway

Posted at 6:52 AM, Jan 24, 2017

A Cleveland police officer has died after being hit by a car on Interstate 90. 

Cleveland police identified the officer as 39-year-old David Fahey. He was hired on July 1, 2014, and assigned to the first district.

Police said the officer was struck by a white Toyota Camry that took off after the crash.

According to police, the Camry has front-end damage and part of the plate may contain the letters "GTD."

Police are investigating whether a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle is the one involved in the crash. At a press conference this morning, Mayor Frank Jackson along with the President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, Stephen Loomis, and Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly offered condolences to the family of Officer Fahey.

"His family is here and we want them to know that we support them. The City of Cleveland is behind them and we give them our sincerest condolences," said Jackson.

Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams reiterated for the driver of the vehicle who fatally hit Fahey to turn himself or herself into police.

"Early this morning, the Division of Police and the city lost a great public servant. He lost his life while serving the City of Cleveland. We are asking for help from the public to identify the driver who hit our officer and left the scene without checking on our officer," said Williams.

"If you're out there, turn yourself in or else we will find you," urged Williams.

An emotional Loomis asked everyone in Cleveland to keep the family in mind during this difficult time.

"I ask everyone in Cleveland to keep the family in your prayers. Help us find the car and the person involved in this," said Loomis. "Keep all the police officers in your prayers because everyone is going through a really hard time now."

Other emergency crews were already at the scene in that same area of the highway due to a crash involving a van and a fire truck earlier in the morning. 

The crash involving the officer occurred in the same area where Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper Kenneth Velez was struck and killed in September 2016. 

Anyone with information about the potential identification of the driver is asked to call 216-621-1234. 

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