Man running from LA to NY for charity hospitalized after Ohio hit-and-run

Man running from LA to NY for charity hospitalized after Ohio hit-and-run. (Instagram/@nick.runsamerica)

SUMMERFORD, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Authorities are investigating a hit-skip accident in Madison County that hospitalized a man from New Zealand, who was in the middle of running from coast to coast as part of a charity fundraiser.

Nicholas Ashill, 53, was hit on US 40 near the Clark/Madison County line in Somerford Township, troopers said. The victim was running along the westbound lanes when he was struck by a passing vehicle, which investigators believe was a 1992-1998 Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck. The vehicle involved may have damage to the right mirror or side, officials added.

Ashill was transported by med flight to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Neither his condition nor the extent of his injuries was disclosed. His wife, Sarah, is flying to the U.S. to be with him.

According to his profile on Nick Runs America (which the State Highway Patrol confirmed was the same person), Ashill was in the middle of a cross-country run from Los Angeles to New York with the hope of raising $35,000 for pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that can result in lung scarring and interfere with a person's ability to breathe, according to the American Lung Association.

In his bio, Ashill says he is married, has four daughters, and works as a professor of marketing at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The bio also says he's a Wales native, but has lived in New Zealand for 20 years.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have information relating to the crash is encouraged to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol, West Jefferson Post at 614-879-7626.

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