AD critical after being hit by principal’s SUV

(File Photo)
(File Photo)

BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana high school athletic director is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by the school’s principal.

The Bluffton News-Banner reports 43-year-old Bluffton High School athletic director Steve Thompson underwent two surgeries at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne to relieve pressure on his brain after his head struck the pavement Thursday morning.

Police say Principal Steve Baker was driving from the middle school to the high school following a meeting when Thomas tossed an athletic bag on the hood of Baker’s vehicle in a “friendly exchange.” Baker swerved as Thompson stepped toward the vehicle, clipping Thompson’s legs.

Police are continuing to investigate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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