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Second driver to strike pedestrian in Boardman talks about ordeal

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A Boardman woman is sharing her stunned grief after driving over a body that had been struck in a deadly hit-skip accident early Wednesday morning.

She described to 21 News what led to her running over the man, who officials believe had already been hit by another vehicle that didn't stop.

"I'm in shock," said Helen Johnson. "His poor family, the poor man, I mean it shouldn't be."

It's hard to imagine losing a loved one in a hit and run accident; it's just as hard to imagine being the second driver to strike someone, but it's the reality that Johnson has to endure.

"I'm sorry," Johnson said. "I don't know how the first person left them."

"There was a car; a truck stopped in the turning lane.  I was trying to avoid the other truck. I saw debris in the road and moved over; I never saw the body," Johnson said.

According to his father, the victim, Joseph Brown, had just been released from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman shortly after midnight.

His father believes Joseph was walking along Market Street near Western Reserve, headed to his girlfriend's home when he was hit.

Helen was taking her son Dennis to work at the time.

"I stopped immediately," said Helen. "I turned and looked at my son and said, 'Did we just run over a body?'"

All Johnson said she can do now is lean on her support system and her faith while reaching out to Brown's family.

"My heart goes to them. They shouldn't be going through this," she said. "I just don't know how somebody could just leave somebody and not try to help them."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling this investigation.

Troopers say evidence at the scene suggests that Brown may have been struck by another vehicle before being struck by Johnson.

They believe that other vehicle left the scene.

Witnesses say Joseph Brown was in the middle of the road at the time of the accident.

If you have any information that could help, contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (330) 533-6866.

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