LIGONIER —Longtime West Noble high school teacher and former cross country and track coach Chuck Schlemmer was seriously injured early Friday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle just outside of Ligonier.
The accident occurred in the 600 block of North River Road.
Schlemmer’s daughter, Liz Schlemmer, said her father suffered a brain injury, broken bones and a collapsed lung. He was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne where he was listed in serious condition Saturday night.
Schlemmer, 58, is well known in the West Noble Community. He grew up in the area and returned to teach at the high school following college.
Schlemmer spent 24 years coaching at West Noble, 20 of those as the head coach for the girls cross-country and boys track and field programs. His teams won seven cross country sectional championships and several conference championships.
Schlemmer retired from coaching in 2017 but continued to teach social studies.
The Noble County Sheriff’s Department has not released an incident report about the accident as of Saturday night.