VALPARAISO | An 18-year-old Union Township man was charged with a Saturday hit-and-run in South Haven that resulted this week in the death of a pedestrian.
Ryan Cash, of 425 W. County Road 550 North, faces a Class C felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, which carries a potential sentence of two to eight years behind bars.
Tamera Hagerman told county police she was watching television with her husband, Brian Hagerman, when about 11:30 p.m. they heard a loud crash and glass shattering. The Hagermans went outside to investigate.
After discovering a window had been broken, Tamera Hagerman saw several people walk into the 700 block of Capital Road and began yelling at a nearby car, police said. She saw a silver Chevrolet Malibu or Impala pull away and learned her husband had been struck.
Others said they saw Brian Hagerman walk down the street toward the suspicious vehicle, police said. The vehicle reportedly drove up to Hagerman, backed up and then drove into him.
Witnesses said Hagerman went up on the hood of the vehicle and fell off, causing several serious injuries.
Police traced the vehicle in question to Cash, who reportedly told them he was riding around with friends when they picked up a female, who wanted to go the Hagermans' South Haven house because she believed a young resident there had damaged her property.
A male passenger of the car got out and smashed a window at the house, police said. When Cash realized he drove away down a dead-end street, he told police he approached the group in the road and a man, later identified as Hagerman, jumped on the hood of the car.
Cash said he continued driving until Hagerman rolled of the hood of the car, police said. Cash then fled the scene and no one in the car called police or an ambulance to help the man.
Hagerman was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital with a fractured skull, and police learned Wednesday he had died.