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Charges For Angry Driver Striking Pedestrian

(La Porte, IN) - A man could go to prison for striking another person with his car in La Porte.  Francisco Camarillo of La Porte is charged with Level 5 felony Battery with a Deadly Weapon.


On April 26, police said Camarillo asked a man where he could get a COVID-19 vaccination.  The man, Robert Sears, replied that he didn’t know.  Police said Camarillo demanded to know and became so upset that he slammed into the back end of the man’s Dodge Charger and pushed it into a tree on Colfax St.


Sears got out of his car, started running and was allegedly hit by the car driven by Camarillo.   His leg wound up pinned between Camarillo’s vehicle and the guide wires of a telephone pole.  The victim was treated for a badly bruised leg and released, police said. 


Other charges filed against Camarillo in La Porte Circuit Court include leaving the scene of an accident and possession of marijuana.  He could face anywhere from a one to six year sentence on the most serious charge.

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