Longtime Notre Dame usher dies days after hit-and-run crash in South Bend

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An elderly South Bend man who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash has died five days after thed collision.

84-year-old John Jurek passed away Saturday, according to WNDU.

He had been in critical condition since Monday, when he was hit while walking along Portage Avenue near Cleveland Road, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

The car was traveling northbound prior to striking the pedestrian. The car then allegedly stopped in a parking lot and then fled northbound on Portage, the prosecutor’s office reported.

At the time of the collision, Jurek was wearing a reflective vest.

He was taken to Memorial Hospital of South Bend in critical condition with head and abdominal injuries. Jurek was reported to be in critical condition, as of 3 p.m. on Monday, the prosecutor’s office stated.

Jurek was a beloved member of the community, noted for being a willing blood donor and a long time usher at Notre Dame athletic events, according to WNDU.

No suspects have been taken into custody at this time. Investigators are looking for a tan/cream-colored, smaller size car with front-end damage on the passenger side, which would include windshield and hood damage.

Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to call the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-9201.

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