Pedestrian hit in Friday morning State Road 25 crash

A man walking near State Road 25 South was hit and injured Friday morning, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 7:01 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2019 11:29 AM

WEST POINT, Ind. (WLFI) — A man walking near State Road 25 South was hit and injured Friday morning, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said it happened about 5:20 a.m. between 500 West and 575 West, just east of West Point.

According to Sgt. Martin, 46-year-old Matthew Sellers was hit by a pickup truck and had internal injuries and an injury to the arm. Martin said the Sellers was semi-responsive when police arrived. The driver of the truck, 64-year-old Randy Van Pelt, was not injured

Martin said he spoke with neighbors in the area who witnessed the crash. They reported Sellers was walking in the travel portion of the eastbound lane at the time of the crash.

According to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department, officers received several 911 calls earlier Friday morning about a person wearing dark clothing walking in the roadway in the 5400-block of State Road 25 W. Callers were concerned for his safety and well-being as the male walking had nearly been struck by passing vehicles.

Sellers was taken to Franciscan Health in critical condition and later air-lifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis due to internal injuries.

Neighbors reported that the Sellers walks in the area frequently.

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