West Noble coach, teacher passes away after collision while riding bicycle

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Charles Schlemmer

LIGONIER, Ind. (WANE) — Long-time West Noble running coach Charles Schlemmer, who was reportedly hit by an intoxicated driver Friday while riding his bicycle, has died.

Schlemmer’s family took the 58-year-old off life support and he died around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Noble County Coroner Joan Cripe said.

Ryan Gravit

The Noble County Sheriff’s Department said Schlemmer was riding his bicycle on River Road south of CR 900 N just after 5 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a U-Haul van. He was airlifted to a local hospital with multiple severe injuries, according to a press release.

The Noble County Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the van, Ryan Gravit, was eventually located in Ligonier after he was seen leaving the area with heavy damage to the windshield.

He was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 4 Felony.

Schlemmer coached cross-country and track at West Noble High School, including 20 years as the head coach for the girls cross country and boys track and field programs. He also taught Social Studies at West Noble High School.

A GoFundMe was set up for Schlemmer’s family to help with funeral expenses. Within 24 hours, it raised $8,000. After that, the family increased the goal to $25,000 with the plan to create a scholarship in Schlemmer’s name with the extra funds. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, the campaign had raised nearly $18,000.

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