Passersby stop to help injured hawk in Oakwood roadway

An injured hawk was in the left turn lane near the median in the 1600 block of Shroyer Road Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Oakwood. Motorists and police stopped to help. JEN BALDUF/STAFF
An injured hawk was in the left turn lane near the median in the 1600 block of Shroyer Road Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Oakwood. Motorists and police stopped to help. JEN BALDUF/STAFF

Credit: Jen Balduf

Credit: Jen Balduf

Motorists stopped to help an injured hawk Sunday afternoon in the middle of the street.

One of the drivers stopped his red Ford pickup truck and activated his hazard lights shortly before 4 p.m. in the left turn lane near the median in the 1600 block of Shroyer Road. He said he was afraid the hawk would get hit by a car, and that he believed it already had been struck.

The bird of prey moved its head but did not try to get away or fly away from two passersby who stopped to help. The hawk possibly was drawn to area near the median by a dead squirrel in the street that had been killed a few days earlier.

An Oakwood Public Safety officer who responded in an Oakwood police cruiser wrapped the hawk in his firefighter turnout coat and took him to the car of a woman who also had stopped to help.

She was going to be taking the animal to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs for treatment.

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