20-year-old hits skateboarders, faces charges
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 1, 2014 12:38PM
Updated: May 3, 2014 6:22AM
VALPARAISO — An alleged drunken driver struck two 14-year-old skateboarders Monday afternoon, injuring both and sending one to South Bend Memorial Hospital with head trauma and facial lacerations.
Additional information on his condition was not available.
The second teen was treated at Porter Regional Hospital and released after the incident, which occurred around 5:15 p.m. at North County Road 200W and West U.S. 6, according to a Porter County Sheriff’s Department police report.
Witnesses told police the driver, Tyler McKinney, 20, of Valparaiso, appeared to speed up as he approached the teens. They also reported McKinney, who was traveling south on 200W, crossed into the northbound lane, then struck the teens before losing control of his pickup truck and hitting a telephone pole on the east side of the road.
They also told police that two passengers fled after the truck crashed, but other motorists stopped McKinney before he got away. McKinney told police the passengers fled after the crash because they were both underage and intoxicated. Police were not able to locate the passengers, though they found a case of beer in McKinney’s truck.
Police said McKinney’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent.
McKinney faces an assortment of charges, including a Class D felony charge of operating while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury, as well as several misdemeanor charges related to operating while intoxicated, consumption of alcohol as a minor and reckless driving.