On June 11, someone ran down Gabrielle Bigman like a dog in the street and
left her to die.
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?”
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
Anyone with information about the driver of the suspect Honda is asked to
contact Capt. Larry Sheets at 477-3142.