"A Lot Lizard Shot Me!"by Jana Ritter - Published: 10/28/2015
Aside from the obvious dangers truck drivers face everyday on the road, there are also many other dangers associated with being alone at night in secluded off the road locations or being exposed to the seedy characters often found at truck stops across the US. Early Wednesday morning, yet another incident occurred proving just that and now a truck driver is fighting for his life after claiming he was shot multiple times by a “lot lizard.”
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Although police have not yet released his name, the victim is a California man who drives for Enol Transportation and he had been en route stopping near Indianapolis, Ind. According to police, the truck driver pulled up to the Pilot gas station located at the 4600 block of South Harding Street off of Interstate 465 at around 3:30 am Wednesday. The truck driver came to a stop and began honking his horn trying desperately to get the attention of someone inside the gas station to come out and assist him. When he realized nobody was coming outside, he made his way out of his cab and stumbled inside the gas station before collapsing in the lobby. He told the on duty clerk that a “lot lizard” shot him and the clerk immediately called 911.
Initial reports indicated the truck driver had been shot during a robbery attempt while he was actually pumping gas, but it’s now unclear where exactly the shooting occurred. Police say that a man working at a nearby hotel witnessed a small silver car pull into a handicapped parking spot at the hotel and then he saw a white female exit the vehicle and walk towards the back of the truck parking lot. Police will also be using the motel’s surveillance cameras to help piece together where the truck had been located at the time and what exactly occurred after the white female walked to the back of the truck parking lot.
Meanwhile, the truck driver is in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital and police have confirmed that he is suffering serious injuries from 3-4 gun shot wounds.