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Roseland town marshal laid to restWSBT-TV Report

SOUTH BEND IN— Funeral services are under way for a longtime local police officer killed in a hit-and-run accident. Roseland Town Marshal Craig Toner was off-duty last Saturday when an SUV hit him while he was riding his motorcycle on Ironwood Drive near Rockne.

Alexander Orta, 26, was driving the SUV that hit Toner. Police say Orta crossed the center line, hitting Toner and knocking him off his motorcycle. They say Orta got out of his car and looked at Toner and his motorcycle, then got back in his car and drove away, running over Toner.

An autopsy Monday showed Toner died from massive chest injuries that likely came from being run over.


Orta ended up crashing his SUV about a half a mile up the road. Tests showed he had alcohol and cocaine in his system.

He faces charges for murder, driving under the influence of cocaine, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Orta’s brother, Robert Orta Sr., attended a court hearing earlier this week with his parents and other family members. Afterward, he spoke on behalf of his family and apologized to the victim’s family.

“I’m so sorry my brother decided to drive that way,” he said. “He hurt our family, he hurt (Toner’s) family. I can’t even watch TV without my stomach turning to think that my little brother caused that. It was a stupid decision, I feel terrible.”

Toner served as a police officer in Mishawaka for 19 years and Roseland for four years. Friends describe him as "upbeat," "a great leader" and a person who would "do anything for anybody."

Toner will be buried in Southlawn Cemetery.
 

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“He hurt our family, he hurt (Toner’s) family.... ( Quote )

Even in death we come second. Where's the biggest hurt ?

Surely to God, he should have said

He hurt Toner's family, first......................

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There are no winners in these situations.

The brother's apology isat least an indication of some family integrity.

We've had a tragedy just north of here.A 15 year old boy ran away from home after his parents cut off his playing of a violentvideo game.

A few weeks later hunters found his bodyin the bush. No details of cause of death.

What would be worse for the family? Dealing with the loss of their son or apologizing to another family if the son reacted differently and took out his frustration by killing an innocent party?

LikeI said, no winners.

If we could only figure out what makes people pick bad choices the world would be a far better place.
 
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