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Pedestrian hit on US 20 badly injured

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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 said.

The victim was identified as Ronnie R. Garner, 35.

According to 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.

Garner was 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 South Bend.

Waldo was not injured.

The investigation of the crash is ongoing, Cincoski said.


Posted 6/10/2014