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Honda driver sought in jogger hit and run

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a car—believed to be a Honda Civic—who struck a runner on Monday in Liberty Township, then fled the scene.

According to police, at 9:43 p.m. a couple was northbound in the 1000 north block of C.R. 200W when they heard screaming. The couple stopped and located a 21-year-old woman in a ditch on the east side of the road.

The woman—who was wearing a bright fluorescent top at the time and fluorescent Nike running shoes—advised investigators that she was jogging southbound on C.R. 200W but remembered nothing else until “waking up on the side of the road in pain,” police said.

The woman is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus, with two broken vertebrae, a shattered ankle, and a separated shoulder.

Police recovered at the scene pieces of a vehicle believed to be a Honda Civic, including a passenger’s side mirror and parts apparently of a turn signal and broken headlight.

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle was northbound on C.R. 200W when it struck the woman.

The PCSP is asking folks and body shops to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle, which will have received damage to the front end and the passenger’s side.

Anyone with information about the driver of the suspect Honda, or who believes he or she has seen the vehicle, is being asked to contact PCSP Det. Com. Jeff Biggs at 477-3141.


Posted 6/12/2012