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Hit and run

Friday, March 3, 2006

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Emergency personnel and passersby help a Greencastle man who was hit by an unknown motorist and left laying in the road Thursday afternoon just east of the intersection of N. C.R. 350 E.and U.S. 40.

Several 911 calls shortly before noon Thursday alerted the Clay County Sheriff's Department to a hit and run accident just east of the intersection of N. C.R. 350 East and U.S. 40.

Chief Deputy Doug Barr responded to the scene and found four good passersby who stopped to help a man laying in the eastbound driver's lane of the road.

"One was a nurse, which worked out great because she was able to keep him alert until Trans-Care arrived," he said. "They were a big factor in making sure he was able to tell us anything."

Barr said that David E. Hinkle, 37, of Greencastle, did not make a complete statement because of severe injuries, but he was able to mumble that someone hit him after his truck broke down.

Stabilized at the scene before being transferred to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Hinkle was taken to Methodist Hospital by helicopter in critical condition with head, neck, back and leg injuries.

Further details about his condition were unavailable as of press time.

Barr said a time line has been established because a witness saw Hinkle in his pickup 5-minutes before the first 911 call. They have a beginning and an end, but the rest is a mystery.

"He was laying in the road, and the truck wasn't damaged," Barr said Thursday evening. "This is definitely a hit and run situation."

The accident has been determined to be a hit and run and the sheriff's department is seeking the public's help. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Chief Deputy Doug Barr at 446-2535.



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