boys skateboarding on C.R. 200W were injured on Monday after a Liberty
Township motorist struck them, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Tyler M. McKinney,
20, of 727N 200W, was charged with operating while intoxicated, minor
consumption of alcohol, and reckless driving, police said.
occurred at approximately 7:14 p.m.
police that McKinney was southbound on C.R. 200W, just north of U.S. Highway
6, when he crossed the center line, entered the northbound lane, and struck
the two skateboarders. McKinney then lost control of his vehicle and struck
a utility pole on the east side of the road.
advised that McKinney’s two passengers immediately fled the scene on foot
and that McKinney attempted to flee as well “but was stopped by other
One of the
skateboarders advised police that “he never heard or saw the truck coming
prior to being struck but did witness the two passengers flee.”
skateboader, more seriously injured and unable to provide a statement, was
transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with head trauma and facial
fractures, police said.
admitted that he was driving “at least” 50 miles per hour, in a zone posted
at 35 mph, prior to the crash, police said. McKinney also stated that “he
only struck one juvenile,” who had “swerved” into his lane of travel, police
signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently
registered a blood alcohol content of .184 percent on a blood test conducted
at Porter Regional Hospital, police said.
advised police that his two passengers fled because they were underage and
“highly intoxicated”--stated that the three of them had been drinking
alcohol since 3 p.m. on Monday, four hours before the crash.
transported to Porter County Jail.