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Alert cop halts runaway SUV, saves marathon runners

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Keith Lewis didn’t have time to think.

The Land Rover headed toward the Mariemont police officer and a pack of Flying Pig marathon runners Sunday morning.

He turned, jumped on the hood, swung his body toward the passenger side and hopped inside.

At the same time, a bystander reached through the driver’s side window and pulled the emergency brake. Lewis shifted the car, driven by a woman having a seizure, into park.

“It was instincts, just pure instincts,” said Lewis, who has been with the Mariemont department four years. “I didn’t have time to think about what was happening. My main thing was trying to stop the car before it went right through the crowd. It was just the adrenaline and trying to put in practice everything I’ve learned.”

Lewis, 37, had worked overnight.

He was less than three hours into an extra traffic detail when the sports utility vehicle came toward him at 20 miles per hour – “almost like she didn’t see me standing there.”

The SUV stopped about 100 feet from the East Street and Miami Road intersection where Lewis was standing.

The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital.

It is unclear what happened in the minutes before the incident.

The woman started to regain consciousness and become more alert soon after medics arrived. She didn’t remember the accident – or even getting into her car, according to police.

No one was injured.

That’s a miracle, Mariemont Police Chief Richard Hines said, considering all of the commotion happened just as a large group of runners passed through the area.

“(Lewis) happened to be in the right place at the right time and did everything right,” Hines said. “It could have been a very different outcome. But it’s just one of those things where we have a happy ending, and I’m glad.”

 

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Photo: Flickr user Green Marrow

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