The Columbus Dispatch reports how a Mike DeWine staffer hit a bicyclist while driving the Attorney General around:

According to a Columbus police report, confirmed by accounts from DeWine and Kirk, Kirk rode his bicycle against a red light at Front and Main streets. He was knocked to the pavement by a 2008 Chrysler 300 in which DeWine was a passenger. A DeWine staff member, Robert Lagergren, was driving DeWine’s personal car.

Kirk, who said he has no insurance because he can’t afford it, didn’t want to go to a hospital emergency room and left the scene to make a scheduled appointment with his parole officer.

However, DeWine tracked him down and insisted that he see a doctor.

The attorney general had a staff member, Ann O’Donnell, drive Kirk to Jamestown, Ohio, about 30 miles southeast of Dayton, to see DeWine’s physician, Dr. Kevin Sherrett, who is also the Greene County coroner.

But that’s not all the Attorney General had his staff do:

O’Donnell said she gave Kirk $70 in cash to make up for missing a day’s work and bought him lunch.

Apology PB&J Samwich But when the greedy sod asked the Attorney General to also pay for the second day of work he missed and to replace the cell phone (his own means of communication) that was destroyed in the accident, DeWine cut him off figuring that driving a guy multiple counties away to see his personal physician, $70, and a free lunch was more than just compensation for hitting a guy on a bike with your car.

This guy had no insurance and couldn’t afford the high cost of emergency room care.  Geez, if only there was something the government did to help out guys like Jonathan Kirk, who lacked health insurance and cannot afford the high cost of the only medical service available to them, the emergency room, even when you’ve been hit by a car.

In other news, we finally know what Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to replace President Obama’s health care reform with, right? A one-time visit with DeWine’s personal physician, $70, and a sandwich.

Maybe it’s because I’ve started to finally get into the game, Dragon’s Age: Origins, but does this strike anyone as particular feudal in tone?

Oh dear, it appears my carriage just hit a local villager.  Geoffrey take him to my personal physician, give him a gold shilling and some food, and let’s get on with it…”

But, lord, this won’t even cover the wages I’ll lose or the stuff you destroyed….”

Ungrateful serf…”

Yeah, I bet the police report probably doesn’t present it that way…

  • Anonymous

    Technically, Mike DeWine should not have moved the victim and should have called for a squad. Did DeWine’s staff do all this driving around on state time? Will he reimburse the state for the time and expenses they incurred while on their work time? Does he often have staff members doing his errands?

  • Anonymous

    Well, since DeWine was in the car, the staffer was driving DeWine, which is perfectly legal and viewed as legitimate. At least right and until the accident, but I, too, wondered the appropriateness of having staff transport him to a private doctor (which struck me more as an attempt to keep this matter quiet), and then “huddling” with the office’s attorneys to decide how to respond to this guy demanding that his smashed cell phone be replaced and he get fully compensated for the work he missed.

    Argubly, this guy could potentially sue the State in which the AG’s office would be involved in the Court of Claims, so you could argue that there was a legitimate state interest involved. But then again, since the claim would ultimately involve the AG’s office itself, you have to wonder if that presents a conflict of interest for them to handle it.

    My head hurts. I need a sandwich.

  • This was Liz Lessner’s employee. Well, he worked at one of her restaurants. I haven’t asked her, but I’m going to go ahead and assume that affordable health care was an option.

    This story is weird and this guy (the cyclist) makes me nervous.

  • Anonymous

    What does him being on parole have to do with anything. Does that mean he’s worth less as a human being? A guy working a job, trying to get by, using a bike as his means of transportation. Can’t afford health insurance, trying to get his life back together.

    And you’re vilifying him for it. Why? Because he got hit by Mike DeWine’s car?

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  • Guest

    to be fair, the guy probably should have gotten off his bike and genuflected. That’s the only acceptable response one should have when one of our new Ohio overloads passes by 😉

  • Anonymous

    Blackmail? Taking the accident public was blackmail? Over a cell phone and $70? Really?

  • Whoa. His physician is the Coroner? I think I’ll stick with mine who works with live bodies!

  • stu

    If you THREATEN to take “your story” to the media, seeking something in return for your silence, that, by definition, is blackmail. Regardless of the fact that he had no story to tell.

    You need to see that you’re attacking DeWine simply for being on the other team, not because he did anything wrong. If you don’t, then you’re marginalizing the rest of your reporting.

  • Sethdawkins

    Did the biker apologize to DeWine for hitting his car? I’m mean, he ran the red light, so he should apolgoize, right?

  • vel

    Get that little munchkin Dewine some phonebooks to sit on so he can see over the dashboard! He’s gonna kill somebody!

    I haven’t been this embarrased for and by this idiot since his cringe-inducing speeches in the lame duck session after his Senate election loss. He could barely keep himself from crying. I can barely keep myself from crying thinking this munchkin twerp is back in office again somewhere making our lives worse instead of better.

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