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PORTAGE — A Gary man has been charged in a hit-and-run accident last month that claimed the life of a Portage man.

Simmie D. Fluker, 40, of Gary, has been charged with two felony counts, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving while suspended resulting in death, said Portage Police Chief Troy Williams.

Fluker is in custody at Porter County Jail.

Joseph Bonner, 18, was struck and killed while he was walking along Hamstrom Road early in the morning of Feb. 12. He was found about 1:30 a.m. lying on Hamstrom Road and was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force injuries. Bonner was walking north on Hamstrom Road from the Speedway gas station on Central Avenue to his residence.

The driver, later identified as Fluker, fled the scene, leaving behind a large debris field.

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On Feb. 15, police located the suspected vehicle, a dark blue 2007 Yukon Denali, at a body shop in Gary. A search warrant was obtained through the Porter County prosecutor's office, and the SUV was brought back to the Portage Police Department. The next day Fluker came to the Police Department with his attorney, provided a statement and was released.

"This arrest won’t bring Mr. Bonner back to his family, but we hope it offers them some measure of relief," Williams said.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.