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Police say hit and run driver may be keeping Honda in garage or under tarp

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The hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously injured a jogger on Monday night remains at large and the Porter County Sheriff’s Police is appealing to the public for help.

Folks should be on the look-out for a Honda—probably a Civic—with front-end damage to the passenger’s side bumper and headlight assembly. Most obviously, the Honda will be missing a passenger’s side exterior mirror. It will also be missing the black molding strip on the passenger’s side B pillar, which runs vertically between the front and rear doors.

PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today that it’s possible the suspect has garaged his or her vehicle and plans to have it repaired when the heat is off. It may also be under a tarp.

Body shops in Porter County in particular should report a suspicious vehicle to PCSP Det. Com. Jeff Biggs at 477-3141.

Or an anonymous call may be made to the WeTip hotline at (800) 782-7463. WeTip pays an award of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

According to police, at 9:43 p.m. Monday a couple was northbound in the 100 north block of C.R. 200W when they heard screaming. The couple stopped and found 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 police that she was jogging southbound on C.R. 200W but remembered nothing else until “waking up on the side of the road in pain.”

The woman was hospitalized with two broken vertebrae, a shattered ankle, and a separated shoulder.

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

 

Posted 6/15/2018