A 4-year-old Buchanan girl who broke free from her mother and apparently stepped into the path of a pickup truck is in serious condition at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Late Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said the girl was about to undergo surgery.
Witnesses told Indiana State Police about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Madalynn Gembala was with her mother, Megan, in an area of the Indiana State Fairgrounds used for parking travel trailers and motor homes.
Robert Ingalls, 49, of Mason, Mich. was driving at 1994 Ford pickup truck on an access road when the child stepped into his path. She was struck by the truck’s right front tire.
As part of the investigation, Ingalls, who was not hurt, was taken to Wishard Hospital for drug and alcohol testing. Police said they did not observe any obvious signs of impairment in talking with Ingalls.
Police said the child’s parents and Ingalls are employed at the fairgrounds’ midway.