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Well-known downtown Springfield postal worker struck by car

Published: Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 6:20 PM

            Longtime Springfield letter carrier hit by SUV
Longtime Springfield letter carrier hit by SUV

A well-known Springfield postal worker who has walked the downtown delivery route for more than 30 years is in serious condition Monday after he was struck by a car last week.

Cephas “Smokey” Stover, 76, of Springfield remained in Miami Valley Hospital on Monday. He has worked for the post office since 1958 and has been instrumental in its annual food drive.

“He’s kind of a fixture here,” downtown attorney Mark Roberts said. “Everybody knows Smokey and likes to talk to him. He’ll talk sports, politics. Just a real respected man in the community.”

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Stover stops on his route in downtown for lunch every day at the Fountain on Main, according to owner Geoff Norman.

Norman visited Stover Monday morning and delivered a card from all the businesses in the Bushnell Building.

“I’m hurting,” Norman said. “I’ve been sick to my stomach because of what he meant to me personally.”

When Norman returned to the restaurant in the afternoon, customers had started their own card for Smokey, which was nearly out of space.

Attorney and developer Thomas Lagos said Smokey has been his mail carrier for what seems like forever. He called him an inspiration.

“Smokey, who is older than I am, keeps working every day, delivers the mail and always has a smile when he walks into the office,” Lagos said.

Shannon McClanahan, of Springfield, is suspected of hitting Stover with her car shortly after 3 p.m. Friday at the intersection of North Spring and East Main streets while he was on his route.

Roberts came out of his office after the accident to see damage to the SUV and Smokey getting assisted from witnesses 30 to 40 feet from the crosswalk.

“I know being tossed that far he had to be hurt pretty seriously,” Roberts said.

Alcohol and drugs aren’t believed to be a factor, according to a crash report. But a blood test was taken and any charges are pending based on those results, which could take up to eight weeks, according to Springfield Police Division’s Sgt. Brett Bauer.