On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at approximately 10:51 p.m. a
Circleville Post Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser was struck by a commercial vehicle on
IR-71 just south of the Pickaway County line providing assistance to a stranded motorist.
A Circleville Post trooper was stopped on the right berm of IR-71 just south of the
Pickaway County line with his emergency lights activated providing assistance to a
stranded motorist. A wrecker arrived on scene to tow the disabled vehicle. The trooper
partially blocked the right-hand lane with his emergency lights still activated for the
wrecker driver to safely load the disabled vehicle. While the wrecker driver was loading
While the wrecker driver was loading the vehicle, the trooper had the stranded motorist stand along the grass area of the berm as a precautionary measure. At that time, a 2004 Volvo semi hauling a loaded trailer, driven by Vadim Popovici, 24, of Nevada, failed to move over or slow down and struck the Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser in the left rear at a high rate of speed. Thankfully due to the trooper’s precautionary measures, nobody was injured. Mr. Popovici was cited for the crash.