Vehicle strikes pedestrian in Marion; victim dies at hospital

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MARION, Ind. — The Marion Police Department says a man has died from his injuries after being struck by a vehicle.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Marion police say they responded to the call of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Spencer Avenue and Baldwin Avenue.

When they arrived, officers say they found 64-year-old Peter DeJanovich, of Marion, suffering from serious internal and head injuries. DeJanovich was taken first to Marion General Hospital before being transferred to Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck DeJanovich remained at the scene. Police say an 85-year-old Marion man driving a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse told them he was headed southbound on Baldwin Avenue while on his way to the grocery store. He told officials that he remembers having the green light when he checked his passenger side rear-view mirror before merging into the right lane. The driver told police he then entered the intersection, abruptly realized that he had hit a person and immediately stopped.

Police say a witness told them all traffic was stopped when the driver entered the intersection and struck DeJanovich.

Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in this accident, according to authorities.

An investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

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