LIGONIER, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A beloved West Noble cross country coach and teacher died after suffering injuries in a hit-and-run crash, family reports.
Chuck Schlemmer, 58, had been on life support for a few days and died surrounded by his family Wednesday night.
His daughter shared on social media that he was a tissue donor, which is what he would have wanted.
While on a bike ride last Friday afternoon, police say Schlemmer was hit by an alleged drunk driver, 45-year-old Ryan Gravit of LaGrange, who took off.
Police found a U-Haul truck with a damaged windshield in Ligonier and arrested Gravit for OWI causing serious bodily injury, a level four felony.
Schlemmer retired from coaching in 2017 to spend more time with his family.
A GoFundMe campaign is raising funds for the Schlemmer family to help with expenses.