Pedestrian struck by State Trooper’s car

(WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – A Bloomington state trooper hit a pedestrian on Saturday evening on Rockport Road, near Coolidge Drive.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. last evening, off-duty Trooper Justin Butler was driving north along an unlit area of Rockport Road.

The pedestrian, who was walking along an unlit area of Rockport Road, was not immediately seen by Butler in the dark, rainy conditions.

The pedestrian has been identified as Jerry A. Doss, 51, of Bloomington. It is reported that Doss was wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident.

According to reports, Butler hit Doss with the front portion of his police vehicle. Immediately after the incident, Butler called for assistance and administered emergency first aid to Doss. IU Health EMS were called and responded quickly. Bloomington police also responded to the call for assistance.

Doss was taken to IU Health Emergency Department and then flown to Methodist Hospital Indianapolis in stable condition.

The accident is still under investigation, but it has been determined that Trooper Butler was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Trooper Butler has served the Bloomington State Police post for eight years. 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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