Pedestrian airlifted after hit by truck on South Street

A man suffered a broken pelvis late Thursday night after he was hit by a car while crossing South Street, according to Lafayette police.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 10:54 AM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 2:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A man suffered a broken pelvis late Thursday night after he was hit by a car while crossing South Street, according to Lafayette police. He was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital where he is recovering.

But he's not the only one who was hurt, police said.

Lt. Matt Gard said about 11:10 p.m., officers were called to Red Cloud Trail and South Street for a report of a pedestrian vs. truck crash. That's just a block west of the I-65 exit.

Gard said a man was driving westbound on South Street when he hit two pedestrians in the roadway.

Kristopher Gast, 41 of West Lafayette, was taken to a Lafayette hospital and then airlifted with a broken pelvis. Deanna Emerich, 44 of West Lafayette, was also hit, but was not transported. Gard said he was unsure about her condition. 

Emerich told officers the two had just gotten off the bus and were crossing the street. The driver claimed he had a green light. 

Gard said the case is under investigation, however drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors. Gard said there are no criminal charges pending. 

In March, residents in the area expressed their concerns to News 18 about crossing South Street. The Lafayette city engineer said there are plans to include pedestrian crossings in the City's Trail Master Plan and Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plans.

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