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PCSP says Liberty man was driving drunk when he hit skateboarders

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Two 14-year-old boys skateboarding on C.R. 200W were injured on Monday after a Liberty Township motorist struck them, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Tyler M. McKinney, 20, of 727N 200W, was charged with operating while intoxicated, minor consumption of alcohol, and reckless driving, police said.

The accident occurred at approximately 7:14 p.m.

Witnesses advised police that McKinney was southbound on C.R. 200W, just north of U.S. Highway 6, when he crossed the center line, entered the northbound lane, and struck the two skateboarders. McKinney then lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole on the east side of the road.

Witnesses further advised that McKinney’s two passengers immediately fled the scene on foot and that McKinney attempted to flee as well “but was stopped by other motorists.”

One of the skateboarders advised police that “he never heard or saw the truck coming prior to being struck but did witness the two passengers flee.”

The other skateboader, more seriously injured and unable to provide a statement, was transferred to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with head trauma and facial fractures, police said.

McKinney himself admitted that he was driving “at least” 50 miles per hour, in a zone posted at 35 mph, prior to the crash, police said. McKinney also stated that “he only struck one juvenile,” who had “swerved” into his lane of travel, police said.

McKinney showed signs of intoxication, failed several field sobriety tests, and subsequently registered a blood alcohol content of .184 percent on a blood test conducted at Porter Regional Hospital, police said.

McKinney--who advised police that his two passengers fled because they were underage and “highly intoxicated”--stated that the three of them had been drinking alcohol since 3 p.m. on Monday, four hours before the crash.

McKinney was transported to Porter County Jail.


Posted 4/1/2014