STOW — A Stow police officer has been cited in a March 16 two-vehicle crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which investigated the collision.

Stow Sgt. Ted Bell was cited with turn and stop signals in the crash on Graham Road, just east of Fishcreek Road, that sent Bell to Cleveland Clinic Akron General  on Allen Road for treatment of minor injuries, according to patrol Lt. Antonio Matos.

No other injuries were reported.

Bell is a 20-year veteran with the department. He was also a longtime K-9 officer, though he is not now a part of the program.

Police Chief Jeff Film said Thursday that Bell had received the citation that day and made an appearance in Stow Municipal Court.

Film said he does not anticipate any departmental discipline for Bell. Department policy calls for reviews when an officer is involved in such an incident and “corrective action” may be taken if there is a pattern of incidents, but that is not the case for Bell, he said.

“I believe this is his first accident in 20 years,” Film said. “Anybody who drives for a living, 40-plus hours a week, is more susceptible to traffic crashes than those who don’t.”

Matos said the investigation determined that while westbound in the left lane approaching Fishcreek at 8:48 p.m., Bell went into a U-turn and his cruiser was sideswiped by a westbound vehicle in the left turn lane.

“The cruiser did not have its emergency lights on, but possibly had its turn signals on,” said Matos, adding that it appeared the other vehicle may have been in Bell’s blind spot.

“The law description is you can’t move left or right on the roadway without doing so safely or causing any property damage or harm,” he said.

Film said Bell was not involved in a pursuit at the time of the crash. Damage to the cruiser was still being evaluated, he said. Information on damage to the second vehicle was not available.

 

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.