Victim Information Released in Christmas Eve Hit & Run

Victim Information Released in Christmas Eve Hit & Run

Salina Police have identified the victim in the December 24 hit & run as Frank Cooper, Jr. The 49-year-old Salina man is still in the hospital at Via Christi in Wichita. Frank has been moved from ICU, and is said to be on the road to recovery.

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On Friday, December 31, 62-year-old Daniel Woodruff was arrested at his residence and charged on the following requested charges in relation to the Christmas Eve hit & run that left a 49-year-old man with severe injuries:

• Felony failing to stop at an accident resulting in great bodily harm

• Driving while suspended

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On December 24, 2021, at approximately 7:43 pm, Salina Police Department and Salina Fire Department personnel responded to the 500 block of South Ohio Street for a pedestrian that had been struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the victim, a 49-year-old Salina resident, was found suffering from a severe head injury and a compound fracture to one leg.

The victim was transported to Salina Regional Health Center and then transferred to Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the motor vehicle did not stop and was last seen headed northbound on Ohio Street. Based on the debris left at the scene, the suspect vehicle is a possible gold or beige 2003-2006 Toyota Camry.  The suspect vehicle should have heavy damage to the driver’s side, including missing the outside rearview mirror, and it is suspected the windshield will have damage as well.

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