Hillsboro mayoral candidate Phillip Loveless was cited by the Hillsboro Police Department after striking a pedestrian on Wednesday, Oct. 9. (Highland County Press photos.)
Hillsboro mayoral candidate Phillip Loveless was cited by the Hillsboro Police Department after striking a pedestrian on Wednesday, Oct. 9. (Highland County Press photos.)
Hillsboro mayoral candidate Phillip Loveless, 63, of West Main Street, Hillsboro, was cited by the Hillsboro Police Department after a Wednesday, Oct. 9 accident in uptown Hillsboro.

Loveless was reportedly operating a 2010 Dodge Journey Wednesday morning when he struck John Sydenstricker, 73, of Hillsboro, who was crossing the 100 block of South High Street in a marked crosswalk. Sydenstricker was struck at the location of a new crosswalk alert sign recently installed by the city as an added precaution.

Loveless was attempting a left-hand turn from an alley onto South High Street near the Bell's Opera House.

The Hillsboro Police Department and Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District quickly responded to the accident. Sydenstricker did not immediately seek additional medical treatment after the accident.

According to Hillsboro Police Chief Eric Daniels, Loveless was cited for:

• Failure to yield to a pedestrian in violation of Ohio Revised Code 4510.12 ORC;

• Expired operator's license; and

• Expired vehicle registration.

Phillip Downing, 60, who lists the same West Main Street address as Loveless, was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to The Yellow Springs News, Loveless has a campaign fundraiser scheduled later today in Fairborn.

Also running for mayor on the Nov. 5 general election ballot are Hillsboro City Council member Justin Harsha and Anton Weissmann, the city’s former building officer/building code enforcement officer, who was fired from his position earlier this year.