BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) – After being hospitalized for well over a week following an accident in the Bluffton High School parking lot, Athletic Director Steve Thompson’s condition has improved.
On Thursday, August 7, Thompson was walking back to the high school after a meeting at the middle school. Police said Thompson tossed his athletic bag on the hood of Bluffton High School Principal Steve Baker’s car. Baker was driving back from that same meeting.
Baker then swerved and Thompson stepped toward the car. The car hit Thompson’s legs and sent him backwards, which caused his head to hit the pavement.
He was rushed to a Fort Wayne hospital where and underwent two surgeries that day to relieve pressure on his brain. Thompson remained in critical condition for a week following the accident. NewsChannel 15 learned on Monday that his condition has now improved to serious.
Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Wayne Barker previously told NewsChannel 15 that he, Thompson, and Baker have been friends for 20 years. The principal and the victim have known each other for 30 years. Barker said the principal was a father figure to the victim when he was in high school.