A Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) trooper who was injured after violently crashing into a semi truck in December has been issued a traffic citation.
Twenty-five year old OSHP trooper Jarid Fitzpatrick was issued a misdemeanor traffic citation after an investigation determined that he was following a semi truck too closely, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Fitzpatrick was injured in a crash that occurred on Wednesday, December 15, on I-70 near downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Fitzpatrick was operating an OSHP cruiser in the westbound lanes of the interstate when he crashed into the rear of a semi truck driven by 58 year old Ohio-based driver Thomas Ervin.
A trooper with Ohio State Highway Patrol is hospitalized after a serious crash on I-70 West.
— Ciara Lucas (@CiaraVLucas) December 15, 2021
Fitzpatrick survived with significant injuries, including a broken wrist and a concussion. Ervin wasn’t hurt.
OSHP later said that they believed that the truck’s rear impact guard helped save Fitzpatrick’s life.
In dash cam video later released by OSHP, you can see Fitzpatrick approaching the rear of the truck at a high rate of speed, appearing not to slow before slamming into the trailer.