- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a man who has been running across the United States to raise money for charity has been struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver in Ohio.

Fifty-three-year-old Nicholas Ashill was running on U.S. 40 in Somerford Township on Wednesday morning when he was hit by a pickup. He was flown to a Columbus hospital, where he’s in fair condition Thursday.

Ashill is a veteran marathoner and university professor in the United Arab Emirates. He began in Los Angeles on May 14 and hoped to reach New York City by early September, with a goal of raising $35,000 for pulmonary fibrosis.

Ashill’s run has been chronicled on a website that includes daily updates.

The state Highway Patrol says Ashill was likely hit by an older-model Chevrolet or GMC pickup.

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