MICHIGAN CITY | A LaPorte man allegedly was drunk Thursday night when he was driving a pickup truck that struck and killed a man on a mo-ped in Michigan City, police said.
Jordan Dant, 29, of Michigan City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said Friday morning. The cause of death was blunt force trauma suffered in a motor vehicle accident, Sullivan said.
Ryan Garrett, 40, of LaPorte was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, a level 4 felony, Michigan City Police Department officials said.
Police were called at 9:21 p.m. to Michigan Boulevard and Warnke Road for a report of a man injured in an auto accident. When officers arrived, they found Dant lying in the eastbound lane of Michigan Boulevard.
Dant died before LaPorte County EMS units arrived, police said.
Investigators said Dant was on his mo-ped, trying to exit the driveway of the Sand Trap Lounge, 3015 E. Michigan Blvd., when he pulled into the path of Garrett's 2004 Chevy 3500 pickup truck. Garrett was not injured in the crash.
Garrett was transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City for drug and alcohol testing, which revealed he was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash, police said.
The LaPorte County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is helping with the investigation. Others responding included the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department, the Long Beach Police Department, the Trail Creek Police Department, the Coolspring Volunteer Fire Department and the LaPorte County coroner's office.