OSP trooper out of hospital, home; accident under investigation


CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Police have identified the trooper involved in Saturday’s accident on I-76 in Jackson Township. But investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.

Trooper Robert Kawecki, 43, is still recovering from injuries he received in the accident. He was released from the hospital Sunday and has since returned home.

Kawicki was traveling to his home in Trumbull County on I-76 from the post in Ravenna when something went wrong.

“He went off into the median, he traveled quite a ways into the median, and then he went back on the road and off the right side and basically struck a tree over there,” said Sgt. Bret Henderson, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

No other vehicles were involved, but the cruiser was totaled in the wreck.

What caused Kawecki to go off the road is still under investigation, and speed isn’t believed to be a factor, but Henderson says they’re looking at all options before making a final determination.

“Something happened and that’s what we’re trying to figure out. exactly what caused this crash – if it was the car or a medical condition but you know we continue our investigation and hopefully we’ll be able to determine that,” said Henderson.

First News was told that Kawecki has been on the force for at least 15 years and is expected to make a full recovery.

Henderson said that driving safety is something the Ohio State Highway Patrol takes very seriously. He says that every three years troopers have to go through an extensive drivers training course, and they review their driving policy each year.

First News has also requested dash-cam video of this incident, but it’s unknown if there is any video at all because Kawecki was just heading home and didn’t have his emergency lights on.

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