Pedestrian seriously hurt in hit-and-run

Police block traffic on Sherman Blvd. while they investigated a hit-and-run.

(FORT WAYNE) – A man was seriously injured after being struck by a car early Tuesday morning.

Police were called around 2:15 a.m. to the Dairy Queen at Sherman and State boulevards. Officers arrived at the Dairy Queen to find a man laying on the ground, bleeding from his head, according to a Fort Wayne Police report.

According to the report, a witness told police the man had been walking through the lot of the Dairy Queen with someone else when a car veered through and, without slowing down, struck the man. The witness said the vehicle continued through the lot and onto Sherman, southbound.

Police wrote in the report that the impact knocked the man completely out of his shoes, one which was found three feet from him and another a half-block away.

Another witness told investigators the vehicle came from the gas station across from the Dairy Queen and sped “at a high rate of speed” into the Dairy Queen lot, where she said the vehicle struck the man and sped off, the report said.

Police then went to the gas station, where a clerk said an argument may have led to the incident. The clerk told police the suspect’s vehicle had pulled up to the station and a woman went inside and another man stayed outside – both regular customers, according to the report. At that point, the clerk said the man yelled over to the two in the Dairy Queen parking lot, who the clerk said were arguing, the report said.

The clerk told police she said she was going to call police, but the man got into the car and drove toward the lot, the report said. The clerk watched as the car then struck the victim and drove off, the report said.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition, the report said.

Police were reportedly looking for a gray-colored Grand Prix that may have been involved.

The street was closed to traffic while officers investigated, but has since reopened.

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