Sidney man killed in I-75 hit and run identified


SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — A 61-year-old man was killed after he was struck by multiple vehicles while walking along the interstate early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 2 a.m. Wednesday between State Routes 47 and 29. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the man, identified as Robert Blankenship, was hit by several vehicles. The first vehicle that hit Blankenship kept going.

The other vehicles hit Blankenship as he was lying in the road. Those vehicles stopped and called for help. It’s unclear why Blankenship was walking along the interstate. OSP says he was walking in the left lane of the interstate.

Both lanes of I-75 northbound were shut down due to the crash. OSP reopened I-75 NB just after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in gathering information. Anyone who may have seen the crash or may have seen Blankenship walking along the interstate is asked to call the OSP Piqua Post.

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