January 15, 2021


HUDSON, Ohio – The City of Hudson is keeping secret the details of a Nov. 7 crash in which a car fatally struck a child on a bicycle, declining requests from cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer to release any related records and refusing to identify the driver.

As recently as Tuesday, 10 days after the crash, city spokeswoman Jody Roberts told cleveland.com that an accident report was not available, citing an ongoing investigation by city police and the Summit County Metro Crash Unit.

Roberts did not return a follow-up message in which cleveland.com noted that Ohio public records laws dictate that routine documents, such as accident reports, should be made public upon request, even if an investigation is pending.

It’s unclear what is motivating the secrecy.

To date, the city has issued one release, on Nov. 9, when Police Chief Terry Tabak stated that the crash had occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, on Streetsboro Street (Ohio 303) between Library and Main streets. The chief also reported that the accident involved an unspecified vehicle driven by a 60-year-old woman, who had not been charged.

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 7-year-old Vincent Baran, who died at Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg.

In response to questions posed later by cleveland.com, Roberts later said the city’s police department routinely receives assistance from the Summit County Metro Crash Unit when investigating fatal crashes.

The crash has garnered widespread attention in Hudson, with about 2,000 to 3,000 people gathering a week after the crash to hold balloons and signs to celebrate Vincent’s life during his funeral, according to the Record-Courier.

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Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford’s Americas and International Markets Group, is scheduled to speak at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference on Nov. 19.

Galhotra will provide an update on key launches and will discuss how Ford’s commercial vehicle ecosystem – highlighted by all-electric versions of the E-Transit van, unveiled Nov. 12, and F-150 pickup truck – will deliver new forms of value for customers and drive growth for Ford.

E-Transit is part of a Ford investment in electrification of more than $11.5 billion through 2022. The all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E begins arriving later this year, while the all-electric F-150 starts hitting dealers in mid-2022. In North America, Ford is the first full-line automaker to announce plans to produce both an all-electric full-size pickup truck and a full-size van for customers – including fleet owners.

“Ford is North America and Europe’s commercial truck and van leader, so the transition of fleet vehicles to zero emissions, especially for the fast-growing last-mile delivery segment, is critical to achieve our carbon neutrality goal by 2050,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “Ford is ready to lead the charge, starting with the all-electric Transit and all-electric F-150 on the way. This is good for the planet and a huge advantage for customers to help lower their operating costs and provide connected fleet management technologies that will help their businesses.”

Galhotra’s presentation will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET and be followed by a question-and-answer session. Webcast information is available here and at shareholder.ford.com.

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Fairborn schools announced Wednesday the district will not provide student busing to schools until Nov. 30 due to COVID-19.

The district has been hit by multiple cases among students and employees that have forced bus drivers to quarantine.

School will still be in session, and students can attend school in-person or virtually through Google Classroom if their families can not arrange transportation, the district said. Families who indicated they needed help getting WiFi in their back-to-school paperwork are able to get free internet service through Spectrum, Pam Gayheart, a spokeswoman for Fairborn Schools, said.

The lack of transportation affects all Fairborn schools, students with disabilities, Career Center students and private school students, the district said.

Gayheart said Wednesday she did not know the exact number of bus drivers who were quarantining as of Wednesday, but it was significant enough that the entire transportation department is shut down, she said.

Fairborn doesn’t have many substitute bus drivers on a good day, so having bus drivers quarantining makes things worse, Gayheart said on Monday. Superintendent Gene Lolli said about 10 school bus drivers were quarantined as of Monday.

Kettering and Troy schools have also had problems transporting students due to a lack of bus drivers and coronavirus concerns.

Bonnie Meibers contributed to this report.

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