FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Coroner released the report Tuesday for the pedestrian who was hit by a police officer’s truck in downtown Fort Wayne last week.

After being sent to the hospital in critical condition Wednesday, 52-year-old Henry Najdeski died in the hospital Saturday, according to the Allen County Coroner.

Henry Najdeski (Credit to Barrett McNagny LLP)

Just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Joshua Hartup was attempting to make a left turn from Calhoun Street onto Main Street when Hartup hit Najdeski, who was in the crosswalk on Main Street, according to police.

Hartup was on duty at the time. Officers at the scene were unsure who had the right of way.

The coroner said the cause of his death was multiple blunt force injuries due to the crash, and his death was ruled an accident.

A statement from Barrett Legal Briefs reads, “Our Barrett family is simply devastated by the passing of our beloved Partner, Henry Najdeski. Henry was with our firm for more than twenty-five years and was recognized as one of the best real estate attorneys in northeast Indiana. He will be greatly missed by his Partners, co-workers, and clients. First and foremost, Henry was a devoted husband and father and we all stand with the Najdeski family as they grieve and attempt to deal with this shocking and devastating loss.”

Najdeski’s profile on the law firm’s website shows he was mainly providing council related to business and real estate law.

Najdeski’s law partner at Barrett McNagy told Wane 15 that he was everyone’s friend in the office.

“He was someone who was critically important to our firm, and he was everyone’s friend.” Talarico said. “Henry was universally loved by his coworkers.”

Talarico said that outside of the oldest law firm in Fort Wayne missing his presence, his family would as well. “It’s indescribable to think of the loss his family has incurred in the last week.”

As good of an attorney as he was, I know there was nothing more important to him than his two kids,” Talarico said.

His professional accolades include being listed in The Best Lawyers in America® publications in the areas of real estate law and corporate law since 2019, being recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2009 Indiana Super Lawyers® publication, and being recognized in Fort Wayne Monthly’s listing of “Top Lawyers.”