Former firefighter, IMS safety worker killed in crash

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A pedestrian has died in a crash in Lawrence Township.

Police say 85-year-old John Ferguson of Indianapolis was struck around 5:50 p.m. near E. 79th Street and Hague Road, which is just north of Lawrence North High School. Ferguson was suffering from serious injuries when officers arrived and EMS crews pronounced him deceased at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Ferguson told police he was traveling south on Hague Road when Ferguson attempted to cross the road and was struck. The driver was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.

Ferguson worked for more than 20 years with the Castleton Volunteer Fire Department and was also a member of the safety team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Former Indianapolis Star editor and columnist John Strauss, who is currently a journalism adviser at Ball State, was a friend of Ferguson and interviewed him three years ago about his work with the fire department.

"John was well known in the neighborhoods around Lawrence North High School as an avid walker with a ready smile and a wave for everybody. He always wore a baseball cap and suspenders," Strauss said.

Strauss added that neighbors have been concerned about a lack of sidewalks in the area along Hague Road where Ferguson was struck.

"People going to the library or the high school, especially, have to contend with fast-moving traffic on a four-lane road with almost no shoulders," he said.

Police say the driver will be offered a chemical test to test his blood for intoxicants as required by state law, but said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.