December 3, 2013
The Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. Team is currently investigating a hit-and-run crash. The crash occurred last evening, north of Warsaw, involving a bicyclist.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded last evening at 9:14 p.m. to a report of a bicyclist that had been struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 1039 West, County Road 300 North, Warsaw. Arriving, officers located the victim, Joseph E. Roose, 27, Wabash, lying in a ditch on the south side of the roadway suffering from extensive left arm and chest pain. Multi-Township E.M.S. arrived and determined that Roose had a possible collapsed left lung. Roose was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital where he was then transferred to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, in serious condition.
Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. Team members stated that the initial information collected from the crash scene indicates that Roose was travelling eastbound on County Road 300 North when he was approached from behind by an unknown vehicle heading in the same direction. Roose stated that he was suddenly struck by the passing vehicle and went airborne after impact. Roose was unable to obtain a clear observation as to the vehicle description that struck him as it continued on eastbound from the scene. Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. Team members were able to locate limited evidence from the crash scene, and are currently seeking the public’s assistance as to any additional information involving the fleeing driver and vehicle. Tips related to this crash can be called into the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department dispatch line at 574-267-5667, the F.A.C.T./Crash Team line at 574-265-2218 or at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.