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73-year-old man dead after getting hit by car near Concord Mall, driver arrested

A 73-year-old man is dead after he was hit by a car Friday night on South Main Street near the Concord Mall. A 21-year-old driver from Elkhart has been detained in connection to the incident.
Posted on Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 17, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

A 73-year-old man was killed after getting hit by a car near Concord Mall on South Main Street Friday night, according the Elkhart County Coroner John White.

The man was apparently trying to cross U.S. 33 after parking his car on the northeast side of the roadway in a parking lot, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

Two off-duty Elkhart Police Department officers saw the man get hit at about 6:35 p.m. Initially the car that hit him drove away.

One officer did CPR and helped direct traffic away from the scene while the other chased the vehicle, a 2006 Honda Civic, into the JC Penny parking lot, where the driver, identified as 21-year-old Kent Phouangmalay of Elkhart, stopped and was detained.

The victim was hit in the right-most southbound lane. He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital. His baseball cap and a shopping bag were still in the street after he was taken away.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, his identity had not been released because authorities were working to notify immediate family.

Phouangmalay was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was taken to the hospital for drug and alcohol testing.

Following his trip to the hospital, Phouangmalay was arrested on preliminary felony charges of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident, police records show.

He is being held without bond at the Elkhart County Jail.

The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) is leading the investigation and charges are pending.

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