A LaPorte man was
seriously injured on Friday after he was struck by a vehicle apparently
while he was trying to cross U.S. Highway 20 in the dark, Chesterton Police
The victim was
identified as Ronnie R. Garner, 35.
police, at 11:16 p.m. Melvin G. Waldo, 61, was eastbound in the left lane of
U.S. 20, west of Harrison Road, when he observed something in the roadway.
Thinking initially that the object was a deer, Waldo swerved left--actually
crossing the center line--but was unable to avoid collision, police said.
Waldo then realized he’d struck a pedestrian.
Waldo stopped his
2005 Ford F-150, executed a U-turn, and parked on the south side of U.S. 20,
where he found Garner unresponsive on the shoulder, police said.
transported to St. Anthony Health in Michigan City with an “incapacitating”
internal injury to the head, Police Chief Dave Cincoski told the
Chesterton Tribune today, then later airlifted to Memorial Hospital in
Waldo was not
of the crash is ongoing, Cincoski said.