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UPDATE: Coroner IDs U.S. 30 fatal hit-and-run crash victim; suspect found, police say
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UPDATE: Coroner IDs U.S. 30 fatal hit-and-run crash victim; suspect found, police say

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Merrillville and Lake County police responded around 8:50 p.m. near the intersection and had westbound lanes blocked off following the crash. A Superior Ambulance and a Merrillville Fire Department truck were also staged in the area. 

MERRILLVILLE — The Lake County coroner released the identity of a man killed in a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian late Friday near U.S. 30 and Taft Street.

Jason Hudock, 42, of Merrillville, sustained blunt force trauma in the fatal crash. The coroner pronounced him dead at 11:30 p.m.

Merrillville and Lake County police responded around 8:50 p.m. near the intersection and had westbound lanes blocked off following the crash. A Superior Ambulance and a Merrillville Fire Department truck were also staged in the area. 

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A vehicle had struck a pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle involved fled the scene but was later found by Merrillville police. 

The Lake County Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team responded to investigate. 

The area was blocked off and westbound traffic was being diverted to Polo Club Drive and onto the frontage roads Friday night.

The investigation into the fatal wreck is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Merrillville Detective Vasel at 219-769-3531, extension 363, or email him at mvasel@merrillville.in.gov

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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