Arrest made in hit-and-run that injured jogger
La PORTE – The driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a jogger injured on July 21 has been identified and arrested, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash occurred about 5 p.m. at CR-525W near CR-300N, police said. A 20-year-old man was jogging near the intersection when he was struck by a pickup that was southbound on CR-525W. The truck did not stop and continued south toward Johnson Road.
The victim was treated by La Porte County EMS and transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Immediately after the crash, the sheriff’s department released a video surveillance image of the suspect’s vehicle, and the sheriff’s department said it was tips from citizens that led to identification of the vehicle. It was believed to be a red 1997 to 2003 Ford F-150 or Ford Explorer with damage to the driver’s side headlamp and grill.
The vehicle was subsequently located and the driver, identified as 25-year-old Jose Ferrer-Medina, of La Porte, was taken into custody Tuesday, the sheriff’s department said.
Ferrer-Medina has been charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury; and a misdemeanor count of driving without ever having obtained a license, the sheriff’s department said. He is being held in the La Porte County Jail on a $755 cash bond.
La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd credited the public with providing the tips that led to locating and identifying the vehicle and driver.
“We are pleased to have such a positive relationship with the public in which they are eager and, without hesitation, willing to respond to our calls for help.” Boyd said. “Without the assistance from the public, this case would have taken much longer to resolve and there is no questions that our police/citizen partnership led to the timely and efficient and successful resolution.”
—From staff reports