Police seek public's help in solving hit-and-run mystery

2013-04-08T12:00:00Z 2013-04-09T01:01:11Z Police seek public's help in solving hit-and-run mysteryTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 08, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

SOUTH HAVEN | Authorities are seeking help in identifying people involved in a hit-and-run Saturday that left a man in critical condition.

Capt. Jeff Biggs of the Porter County Sheriff's Department said Brian Hagerman, 45, of South Haven, suffered a head injury after an altercation with people in a vehicle.

Witnesses told police Hagerman walked outside his home in the 700 block of Capitol Road about 11:45 p.m. Saturday to confront some people who drove past his home. As the vehicle approached his home a second time, Biggs said Hagerman stepped into the street to stop the vehicle.

Biggs said the vehicle stopped and Hagerman confronted the driver. The vehicle then backed up, and Hagerman approached the vehicle.

The driver then drove forward and Hagerman ended up on the hood of vehicle, Biggs said. The vehicle continued with Hagerman on the hood of vehicle for a short time.

Hagerman then fell from the vehicle, hitting his head.

He was taken to Porter Regional Hospital and was airlifted to a hospital in South Bend.

Biggs said the vehicle was a silver or gray passenger car, and possibly had pre-existing damage to the driver's side rear bumper. Investigators said the car may have damage to the windshield or the hood as a result of Saturday's incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Porter County Sheriff's Department's Detective Bureau at (219) 477-3140, or anonymously through www.wetip.com or by calling (800) 78-CRIME.

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