Woman in serious condition following hit-and-run in Michigan City

A 46-year-old woman was seriously injured Saturday night after she was struck by a hit and run driver in the area of East Michigan Blvd. and Warnke Rd., Michigan City police reported today.

Officers were dispatched to the area, following a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. When police arrived they a woman unresponsive in the roadway and being tended to by civilians who were in the area when the accident occurred. The officers began assisting with life-saving measures until La Porte County EMS arrived. MedFlight was then summoned, which transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.

Traffic Division Commander Captain Jeff Loniewski was summoned to investigate the scene. There was a large debris field in the roadway. Several witnesses were interviewed, and a canvas of the area was conducted in order to locate any businesses that may have video surveillance footage of the area.

Witnesses indicated that the victim and a male companion were walking south across East Michigan Blvd. when the female was struck by a dark-colored sport utility vehicle (SUV). The driver of the SUV did not stop after striking the victim but continued east on East Michigan Blvd.

Police said the SUV is suspected to have damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

The victim is in serious condition at an area hospital. MCPD has not yet been able to identify a suspect or locate the suspect vehicle.

“We are continuing to follow all leads and obtain any video surveillance footage from the scene and surrounding area,” police said. “MCPD would ask anyone with information or surveillance cameras in the area of the hit and run to contact the lead detective on this case, Capt. Jeff Loniewski at 219-874-3221 Ext: 1008 or Lt. Kevin Urbanczyk at Ext: 1042.

“We would also like to remind the public that you can contact us via Facebook Messenger, through our crime tip hotline number of 219-873-1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous.”

Agencies assisting at the scene included La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, Trail Creek Police Department, Michigan City Fire Department, La Porte County EMS, and MedFlight.

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