Chesterton Tribune

Fundraiser August 26 for Liberty woman injured in hit-and-run

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On June 11, someone ran down Gabrielle Bigman like a dog in the street and left her to die.

She didn’t.

But the young mother and Liberty Township resident was badly injured and has been unable to work since the hit-and-run. And while somewhere a coward is right now congratulating himself—or herself—on escaping justice, Gabrielle is struggling to pay a pile of medical bills: for a couple of broken vertebrae, a shattered ankle, a separated shoulder.

Now Gabrielle’s family and friends are throwing a fundraiser and inviting the community to show its support.

Mark your calendar: 12 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at The Boiler Room, 1050 Broadway in Chesterton.

There’ll be food, drinks, music, raffles, a 50/50, and a silent auction.

A $10 donation per person will be requested at the door.

“The medical bills are an enormous burden for their small family to absorb, and the recuperation time Gabby will need to heal from her injuries is still to be determined,” a family representative said. “Won’t you please mark the date of this event on your calendar and come out and support Gabby during this very trying time and show your support as she heals from these injuries inflicted by a hit-and-run driver?”

Still Looking for Tips on the Crime

According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, at 9:43 p.m. Monday, June 11, a couple was northbound in the 100 north block of C.R. 200W when they heard screaming. The couple stopped and located Gabrielle in a ditch on the east side of the road. She was transported to Porter hospital and subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Investigators recovered at the scene pieces of a vehicle believed to be a 1992-95 Honda Civic, of unknown color, including a passenger’s side mirror and parts apparently of a turn signal and broken headlight. They believe the suspect vehicle was northbound when it struck Gabrielle, who was jogging at the time and wearing a bright fluorescent top and fluorescent running shoes.

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

Anyone with information about the driver of the suspect Honda is asked to contact Capt. Larry Sheets at 477-3142.


Posted 8/17/2012